Sunday, May 10, 2015

May 2015 News from Around The Farm



We finally got some much needed sunshine and we started putting in trellising into our planting of Black Raspberries. We have also been busy feeding all of our crops and helping them along their way to summer harvest. It’s really important to make sure our crops are being fed now and during harvest so that not only does the plant produce fruit but also that the plant can take care of itself. Whether that means putting energy towards growing, fending off diseases or however else that plant needs to do.  

Office Hours

This is probably the last month we will be in our Winter hours (yay!) But until we say otherwise we will continue with our Winter Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am to 4 pm PST.
 
 

 
 

Frozen Raspberries Are Sold Out

This is the first year since having raspberries that we have sold out of them. So we will not have that as an option on our website until we have this coming harvests berries are packed and ready. The good news is that we are currently guess-timating that our Raspberries will be coming on some time in June, so hopefully no one has to wait too long.

Better Shipping Rates are Over Until Winter

Thank you to everyone who has ordered over the last few months to cash in on those awesome shipping rates! The weather is getting warmer and that means we have to insist on shipping 2 day air again. When the weather starts getting cold again we will once again offer these better rates.
Just because the better rates are gone does not mean we are out of frozen! We will continue to offer frozen berries as normal.

Social Media Shenanigans

We had such a great month interacting with you guys! If you missed it we have reactivated our Twitter account, and been posting far more to facebook,Pinterest, and our blog.
This month on our blog we are focusing on Health Awareness. Today you will be able to find our post of what this means to us and some tips about what you can do to live healthier. Then every Saturday this month, you will be able to find delicious recipes that go along with this theme. Other posts we have coming up this month will be concerning summer activities for the farm and what you all can expect. Plus we will have a huge announcement about our strawberries!
Our Pinterest board for May will be all about Mother’s Day, May Day, and Brunch! We are posting great recipes, beautiful images of wonderful bouquets, and fantastic ideas for gifts for Mother’s Day.
Facebook & Twitter are great places to find out if we are attending any events, for example we didn’t know we would be attending the events we did in when we sent out April’s newsletter so we put it all over Facebook & Twitter. We also have been posting a ton of photos of this spring's bloom. As well as articles we run into and want to share with everyone!

Summer is Coming! Post Card ReminderPost Card Reminders:

Every year we send out postcards for reminders about our fresh season coming up. This year there will be a coupon attached to it so don’t loose it, and remember to bring it with you when you visit us! Usually when we send these out we are getting really close to our first berry being ready. Right now we anticipate sending them out at the end of May. Keep an eye on our social media for when we actually do.
This year we will also be letting everyone know when we have U-Picks open as well as when each berry and variety we have is ready, via our social media, so it’s super important if you're not following us to do so. We don’t want you to miss anything!

Coupons & Specials

For Mother’s Day we do have a special going. For $17.99 (includes shipping) you can send your loved one a special gift that includes a Chocolate Blueberry Cluster and a 4 oz Dried Blueberry. We ship nation wide so its a great healthy gift!
We also are extending our special in Willamette Living Magazine to the end of June.

Raspberry & Lemon Curd Tarts

Inspired From Cooks With Cocktails

 

Ingredients:

FOR THE LEMON CURD
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp lemon rind
  • 4 egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp butter
FOR THE RASPBERRY CURD
  • ½ cup raspberry juice
  • 4 egg yolk
  • 1 whole egg
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup plus 2 tbsp butter
FOR THE SHORTBREAD
  • 1½ cup flour
  • ½ cup cold butter
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • Icing sugar for dusting (optional)
Directions:
FOR THE LEMON CURD

  • Put lemon juice, lemon rind, butter on a double boiler and heat till butter melts. Then take it off the heat.
  • Beat eggs in a bowl till foamy with a whisk or on high speed in a mixer. Gradually add the sugar till eggs are pale and very thick. This should take about 4 - 5 mins.
  • Put lemon mixture still in the double boiler back on the heat, add the egg mixture and whisk.
  • Cook till it thickens. It should coat a wooden spoon well.
  • Set aside.
FOR THE RASPBERRY CURD
  • Take a bag of frozen raspberry's and thaw.
  • When completely thawed, blend up the raspberries, put in a strainer and strain till you get ½ a cup of juice.
  • Put the raspberry juice, butter on double boiler and heat till butter melts then take off the heat.
  • Beat eggs in a bowl till foamy with a whisk or on high speed in a mixer. Gradually add the sugar till eggs are pale and very thick. This should take about 4 - 5 mins.
  • Put raspberry mixture still in the double boiler back on the heat, add the egg mixture and whisk.
  • Cook till it thickens. It should coat a wooden spoon well.
  • Set aside.
FOR THE SHORTBREAD
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place all the ingredient in a food processor or mixer and mix well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about ½ hour.
  • Take it out of the fridge, divide into 12 equal size balls. Roll the dough ball between 2 pieces of plastic wrap.
  • Place in the pan mould or tart shell. Place a piece of parchment over each shell and fill with pie weights.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins. Remove from the oven.
  • Most likely the shell will have fallen a little it down the sides of the mould. You will have to use a deep spoon top push down the crust and move it up the side of the pan. A round table spoon works really well.
  • Cool completely.
TO ASSEMBLE
  • Take a tart shell and fill it with lemon curd almost all the way to the top. Next place a layer of raspberry curd on top. Continue with the rest of the shells.
  • Sprinkle with icing sugar if desired.
  • Indulge...

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