New potatoes are the smaller potatoes that are harvested early in the summer season, or the smaller underdeveloped potatoes that didn’t have time to grow to full size before harvest. Though small in size they can be big on taste, especially when cooked into salt potatoes. Continue reading “Thursday, August 1”
At 5 Loaves Farm we play many games with our youth employees, but one of our favorites is a game called “The 3 Abilities.” It is a team building game that highlights a combination of values such as connection, generosity, responsibility, and growth, that we try to highlight here on the farm. Tomorrow is the farm’s summer fundraiser, Art on the Farm, which is also a perfect picture of what this combination of values looks like. Continue reading “Thursday, July 25”
In most of North America, blackcurrants (and their red & white relatives) spent the most of the 20th century as forbidden fruits. However, since the ban on growing currants was lifted in New York State in 2003, the fruits have made a strong comeback and have brought this unique – distinctly European – flavor back to the tables of New England and New York. Continue reading “Thursday, July 18”
“Let’s go! Hurry up!” Shouts and laughter accompanied the thundering sound of twenty two feet hitting the pavement, racing down the sidewalk to the great befuddlement of neighborhood dog-walkers and passers-by. Ah yes, the vibrant energy of youth. For six weeks from July to August, 5 Loaves Farm is much improved by the smiling faces, mischievous grins, and dedicated work of our summer youth interns. Continue reading “Thursday, July 11”
The taste of a mulberry takes me right back under the shade of the enormous mulberry tree at my grandparents house. It’s thick arching limbs were perfect for climbing. However, there was no need to climb to get more than your fill of berries. The ends of the limbs draped down almost right to the ground, with free ranging chickens right underneath gobbling up the carpet of berries that covered the ground beneath the tree.
Summer sun and warmth are finally here, and nothing tastes like early summer in WNY more than a fresh strawberry! At 5 Loaves Farm we have a number of strawberry varieties that are thriving this year, and each variety tastes a bit different. What we can learn from these tastes is a valuable lesson about the current state of agriculture. Continue reading “Thursday, June 27”
Summer officially begins tomorrow just before noon, but the weather patterns this year aren’t cooperating. We’ve had a very cool wet spring and that has had a definite affect on the crops at 5 Loaves Farm. While our cherry tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants are struggling along, pinning for the warmth late spring and summer usually brings, the cool season crops are thriving! Continue reading “Thursday, June 20”
Eating seasonally means lots of leafy greens in the spring. Our CSA farm shares are packed full of greens, with a wide variety this time of year (mustard, arugula, kale, pea shoots, chard, Chinese cabbage, turnip greens to name a few). This often means getting adventurous, trying new creative recipes, experiencing new tastes.