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Asparagus, Mom, and Lore


This week brought us was May 1, Mayday, or Beltane.  It also marks the beginning of the age of Asparagus.  The coming week brings us Mothers' Day and the Culver Farmers' Market's move to the town park.

In some tellings of Arthurian legend, it is at a Beltane celebration that Arthur and (frequently his half-sister) either Morgan le Fey or Morgause the Queen of Orkney, conceive Mordred.  This usually comes about from some sort of deception, either of Arthur or of both parties, and sometimes involves sensual psychedelic trances.  Mordred and Arthur go on to have a fairly tempestuous relationship, eventually leading to a great duel not unlike Darth Vader and Luke.  Except, Luke survived.  In Arthurian legend, Arthur kills Mordred, but not before being mortally wounded himself.

Beltane is a bit more cheery for most Druids, though.  It is the druidic celebration of the height of spring, and the beginning of summer.  It is a time of connection and integration between the feminine and masculine aspects of our character, as well as of the divine.  It is the time when the flowers are at the height of their bloom, the trees are unfurling new leaves.  It celebrates youth, vitality, and fertility.  And who doesn't feel younger and more vital in spring than any other time of year?

So, what specifically are we celebration this week?  We celebrate Mom, the Farmers' Market, Asparagus, and foraging Stinging Nettles!
 

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Pickup @ Culver Farmers' Market | Saturday     Thursday, 10pm
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Mom's Weekend = Market Weekend!


The coming weekend brings us Mother's Day.  Almost as exciting as Mom, the Culver Farmers' Market also moves back to the park for the summer, with regular, full market hours (9:00-1:00)! 

We are incredibly excited to see everyone out in the park, enjoying community and local food and crafts together once more.  On the other hand, it's been so long, we're not sure if we remember how to set up a market booth!

And what would be a more perfect gift for Mom than spending the day walking through the market with her?  You can pick out ingredients for the Mothers' Day brunch you'll be making her.  And while you're there, visit Xenia and get Mom some custom personalized jewelry.  Other than the time spent with her at the market, bespoke jewelry is the perfect way to show your love.

Feel free to contact Xenia in advance with any questions or requests!

This is the Dawning of the Age of Asparagus


The wait has been long, but asparagus season is finally upon us!  We had a bit for dinner Tuesday evening, and it was divine!

It's always a bit slow and weather-sensitive at the beginning of the season.  Saturday morning's frost damaged a lot, and last year we lost about 50 pounds to a May freeze.  But it's also top on everyone's favorites list.

So, how can you get some?  We usually only harvest about 800 pounds a year, and it always sells out rapidly.  Only a small amount ever makes it to the farmers' market booth - usually just what we harvest the morning of the market, with the bulk of the harvest going to orders.  So, we will update the inventory on our online store every day.   Check frequently to reserve yours!

Meanwhile, how do you eat it?  My favorite way is just to drizzle with a bit of olive oil, sea salt, and pepper, and grill it on a hot grill, about 60 seconds on a side - enough for a few grill marks and brightening the green, but by all means, avoid making it limp!  For an extra treat, grate a bit of Parmesan over the top.  Yum!

For more elaborate uses, here are a couple of Chad's recipes from Asparagus Seasons Past.

Stinging Nettles


Chief forager Xenia is still at it, collecting all of the wild wonders of spring.  As the ramps reach the end of their time, the stinging nettles are at their peak.

Stinging nettles have a long history of medicinal use, to include wide use in treating arthritis, reducing inflammation, and treating gout.  In recent years, it has shown some ability to reduce seasonal allergies and help manage type 2 diabetes.  It has also shown great promise reducing symptoms for men BPH (Benign Protatic Hyperplasia).  Roman soldiers rubbed it on their bodies to ward off cold while fighting in the wilds of Britain.  But, we're not doctors or herbalists, so we'll just talk about eating it.

Stinging nettle is packed with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and several B vitamins, and is loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.  It is also a plant-based complete protein, containing all of the essential amino acids!

Xenia loves to make nettle tea.  Most instructions say to add the nettles to water, then bring it to a boil, then steep for five minutes.  But she finds it sufficient to start the tea kettle, then run out to harvest a stem while waiting for it to boil.  She pours the water over the nettles, waits a couple of minutes, and the sting is gone and the tea delicious.  After drinking the tea, she usually eats the nettles.

Nettles are also traditionally used to make nettle soup, are great in a compound butter, sauteed like collards, or used like you would cooked spinach.  They're great on pizza!  The only key is that you really do need to cook them first, to deactivate the sting.  Otherwithe, you'll be talking with a lithp for theveral hourth.  Ouch!
 

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Delivery Option     Deadline
Home delivery | Thursday     Tuesday, 10pm*
Pickup @ Culver Farmers' Market | Saturday     Thursday, 10pm
*Sourdough orders for delivery require an additional 24 hours
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