Our featured recipe of the week using produce fresh and available at the farmstand! Both greens and radishes are fresh and available at the Farmstand and at the Farmers' Market this week! Yum!Read More
Wash, remove dry bits from, and chop each spear into thirds or quarters of 1 lb. asparagus. Rinse, pat dry, and slice into thin wedges 1/2 lb. oyster mushrooms. Peel and mince 3” piece of ginger root. Peel and thinly slice 3 cloves garlic. Thinly slice 8 oz. tempeh or 1 lb. boneless chicken, beef or pork tenderloin
Whisk together in a small bowl 2 TB gf tamari or soy sauce, 2 TB water, 2 TB arrowroot or cornstarch, 1 TB apple cider vinegar, 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (optional).
Optional step: In a small frying pan over medium-high heat toast 3 TB sesame seeds or 1/4 cup chopped cashews or almonds until golden.
In a large frying pan or wok over high heat, warm 1 TB toasted sesame oil. When the oil ripples, tilt the pan to coat the bottom and add tempeh or meat. Cook until tempeh is crisp or meat is cooked through. Remove from heat and set cooked tempeh or meat aside. Wipe out your frying pan or wok.
Add 1 TB toasted sesame oil over high heat and when it ripples, swirl the oil around the bottom of the pan. Add the mushrooms, garlic, and ginger root. Stir-fry 3-4 minutes, until mushrooms release liquid and grow limp. Add asparagus and continue to stir-fry 4 more minutes until asparagus is crisp-tender. Add cooked tempeh or meat and sauce and stir-fry 2 more minutes until sauce is thickened and all is coated with sauce.
Adjust seasonings to taste. Sprinkle sesame seeds or nuts over top.
Serve over hot rice.
Our Orchardist, Scott Miller, shares what his past week has been like here on top of the hill:
The seasons march forward, although it’s hard to believe on some of these cold, windy March days. Pruning continues as the wind chill allows. Windchills in the single digits doesn’t make for productive pruning conditions and it’s not terribly good for the trees either. One silver lining to the windy weather this winter is: the wind has packed the snow surface sufficiently to make for excellent snowshoeing. Standing on top of two feet of snow does allow for easier access pruning cuts in the top of the tree. Snow cover insulates tree roots from critical cold temperatures; so, it's not just good for skis and snowshoes.
A good snow cover gives an insight as to what wildlife is up to. Lots of coyote and fox tracks are a welcome sight. They provide a great service reducing the rodent population in and around the orchard. Pheasant, turkey and their tracks are a common sight while pruning. Thanks to the modern wonder of having a pretty good camera in our phones, we can capture some the pretty neat things we see during our day. I’ve had the good fortune see pheasant tracks change to wing beat imprints, and on the other end see turkey tracks and tail feather imprints appear out of nowhere 30 feet in from the deer fence.