The Farmers Market at St Joe’s is open for the summer. We will be in the hospital lobby from 11-1 today with veggies and plants for sale!
We are so excited to announce that we are hiring two new people!
Farm Operations Manager: Responsible for vegetable production; manages interns and volunteers; assists with education and outreach. Learn more and apply here.
Farm Program Manager: Responsible for the Farm Share program; Produce to Patients program; evaluation and reporting. Learn more and apply here.
Check out this hearty, spring salad made specially for this week’s farm share by Megan, the owner of Macon Creek Malt. The wheat berries are from her!
Fun Fact: people confuse me and Megan all of the time. Can you tell who is who?
- 1 C whole wheat berries
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 small red onion, finely diced
- 2-3 T (white) balsamic vinegar
- 1/3 C olive oil
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 C thinly sliced radishes
- 2 C chopped spinach
- 1 C pea shoots
- Pumpkin seeds (pepitas); walnuts etc
- dried cranberries, cherries, raisins etc
- feta, soft cheeses
Prepare Wheat Berries
- Soak 1 Cup of whole wheat berries in 3 cups water in fridge overnight. Drain.
- Cook soaked wheat berries in 3 fresh cups water and 1 tsp salt for 35-40 minutes. Bring water to boil, then lower temperature to simmer.
- Drain and cool
- Combine 1 tsp salt, 1.2 tsp pepper, garlic, red onion, lemon juice, a balsamic vinegar. Set aside for 15 minutes.
- Add olive oil, whisk together
- Combine spinach, radishes, pea shoots and other toppings as desired.
- Toss wheat berries, dressing and salad.
The sun is finally shining! Our tomato seedlings are getting big and I’m feeling plumb tuckered out by the time I get home. Must mean spring is here!
A few farm announcements:
1. April 3rd is the last day to register for the Spring and Season Passes for the St. Joe’s Farm Share. (register today, click the farm share tab at the top of this page!)
2. There will be no Farmers Market until further notice. Unfortunately, I haven’t found a way to clone myself, so until we are able to hire someone to replace Lauren, I will need to be working on the Farm Share on Wednesdays. I apologize!
3. Please join us in supporting the Best Buddies Friendship Walk on April 13th. This group works to end social isolation for people with disabilities. Learn more here.
4. The Farm is being recognized as a 2019 Harkin Wellness Designee. Learn more about this program here. I will be in Iowa tomorrow to accept the award.
5. Check out this great article in Health Progress: “How the Farm at St. Joe’s Transforms Its Health System” by Rob Casalou.
Illustration by Larry Moore (I love this!!)
It doesn’t feel like spring, but the days are getting longer and we’re planting our first seeds of the year. So you better believe that warmer, sunnier days are right around the corner.
A few updates:
- It’s time to sign up for the 2019 Farm Share (CSA). Learn more here.
- There will be no Farmers Market March 6 or 13.
We’re sorry to say that the icy conditions today mean that we can’t harvest for market tomorrow!
We miss all of you! If you’re already thinking about the bounty of Spring, register for the Farm Share (CSA).
Due to icy conditions we will not have the Farmers Market today 2/6.