We are trying out and growing some new leafy greens this year including Pak Choi, a smaller form of Bok Choy, now harvesting, and Mizuna Mustard, Red Oak Leaf Lettuce, Scarlet Kale, and Pink Chard, available soon.
- Pak Choi: $1.75
- Rhubarb: $2.75/lb.
- Radishes: $1.25/bunch
- French Tarragon herb: $1.50 bunch. See recipe suggestion below.
- Chives and Chive Flowers: $1.50 a bunch
- Italian Parsley: $1.25 a large bunch
- Feather Dill: $1.50 a bunch.
- Sage: $1.50 a bunch
- Oregano: $1.50 a bunch
- Thyme: $1.50 a bunch
- Flowers: $5.75 fresh cut bouquets. Cheerful Daisies are blooming and some Red Jupiter’s Beard, a nice pairing.
- Chicken Eggs: $3.50 a dozen. We are raising a mix of heritage and hybrid chicken breeds for a colorful assortment of fresh laid eggs. Fed only non-gmo grains and produce, and foraged bugs and plants.
- Mizuna Mustard
- Baby White Turnips
Tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus) grows easily here in the Treasure Valley, flourishing in the spring with tender new growth. Best fresh, this delicate herb pairs well in cooking with eggs, seafood, chicken, lamb, and is used to enhance many sauces and dressings. Can be easily dried, although less flavorful, as well a frozen. One of the four fines herbes in French fine cooking, it has a mild anise or licorice-like taste.
RECIPE: Carrots with Tarragon
- 2 pounds carrots, peeled, diced
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons minced fresh Tarragon or 3 teaspoons dried
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Salt to taste
Combine carrots, 1/4 cup water, 1 1/2 tablespoons Tarragon, butter, vinegar and honey in heavy large skillet. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cover and simmer until carrots are almost tender, about 12 minutes. Uncover; cook until carrots are tender and liquid is reduced to glaze, about 6 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to platter. Sprinkle with another 1 1/2 tablespoons Tarragon.
Tarragon has been and continues to be used in many cultures both in the east and the west for food and medicine. Tarragon may help with sleep issues like insomnia. Some herbalists suggest having Tarragon tea before you go to bed to calm the nervous system and encourage a restful sleep. If taken at bedtime, a tea made from one teaspoons of the fresh leaves to one cup of hot water could help you get a better night’s sleep.
Until next time, peace.