Green Fork Farm Sausage and Summer Squash Recipe

 

Squash Casserole

Green Fork Farm Sausage and Summer Squash Casserole (or stuffed zucchini boats)

We totally made up this recipe to use up those zucchini bats that hide under the gigantic squash leaves until they are almost too heavy for Sasquatch to use for baseball.  But any summer squash of any type will do.  If it’s large, you can slice it lengthwise and cut out the insides, leaving a ½” margin of skin and flesh to make a boat.  Prepare the filling and stuff the boats, top with cheese, and grill or bake until the cheese is brown and the zucchini boats are soft.

If the squash is smaller, you can make a casserole instead of stuffing boats.  Make the filling in a heat-proof dutch oven or large skillet (we use iron), or make it in any skillet or pot and then transfer to a heat-proof casserole dish.  Top with cheese and bake at 400 degrees F until the cheese is brown and the filling is hot.

Served with a large green salad with cucumbers and tomatoes, this is one of our very favorite summer dishes, and we grow it all ourselves except the Asiago.  And salt and pepper.  And we make our own bread, but we don’t grow the wheat.  You get the picture, use what you have or what you can get from your local grower.

Makes 3-6 servings (it depends on how much of each thing you put in, and how hungry you are when you eat it, but we can usually get 2 meals out of this for our family of 3 if we use the larger amounts of each thing and serve it with a salad or other vegetable on the side)

  • .5-1 lb sausage (we use Green Fork Farm breakfast sausage)
  • Pork lard if you have it, olive oil if you don’t (but you should get some non-hydrogenated lard or make some yourself if you don’t have any…IMHO)—about 2-4 T
  • 1-2 onions, chopped
  • 2-3 lb summer squash, any type
  • Mushrooms-optional but delicious
  • 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-1.5 c bread crumbs
  • 4-6 oz grated Asiago cheese (or other aged Italian type)

For the filling:

Brown the sausage lightly.  Add the lard or oil and then the chopped onions.  Cook the onions until transluscent while stirring occasionally.  Cut the squash into small, thin pieces, either all of it for the casserole, or just the insides of the boats if making the zucchini boats.  Add the squash to the pan and cook until soft.  Add more lard or oil if needed.  Add the mushrooms if using and cook until soft.  Add the crushed garlic and cook 2-3 minutes more.  Add salt and pepper to taste and then the bread crumbs, and cook 2-3 minutes more.

Place the filling into the boats or the heatproof casserole dish, top with cheese, and grill or bake as above.Squash casserole plated pic

And try not to get mad if everybody eats more than they should and you don’t have enough left over for another meal.  It’s ZUCCHINI—there will be more and you can make it again.  And again.

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Rent Baby Chicks Spring 2013

 

Rent Baby Chicks From Green Fork Farm

Maybe you aren’t ready to raise a flock of chickens, but the thought of those cute little fuzzy chicks is irresistible.  If you want to watch baby chicks grow this spring, or have them for the kids for Easter, Passover, or Spring, but you don’t want to try to find them a home when they grow up, this rental program is for you.

A 1-week Rental includes:

  • One pair of baby chicks
  • Brooder box and thermometer
  • Shavings
  • Feeder and feed
  • Waterer
  • Health supplements
  • Instructions on handling and care of baby chicks

All you need is a desk lamp or shop lamp with a 100-watt bulb.

Rental Fee:  $25

Refundable deposit:  $35

Rentals are available March 27, March 30, and April 3, 2013 for a 1-week period.  For more information or to make a reservation, contact us.

 

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Time to get ready for fall crops

 

I know it’s hard to believe when it’s 100 degrees outside, but it’s time to think about planting the fall garden.  Broccoli, cabbage, and greens such as kale, lettuce, spinach, and bok choy grow well in our area in the fall.  Many of them will continue to produce through light frosts if you cover the plants with row cover or plastic.  Our greens made it all the way through our mild winter last year, much to the dismay of my family, who complained that greens season was supposed to be over!

If you want transplants to put out this fall, you will probably need to plant seeds now.  Transplants are rarely available in our area in the fall, even though it’s such a great time to grow these crops!  Plant your seeds in containers indoors, as most of them need cool temperatures to germinate.

While your seeds are busy germinating, you can get your garden beds ready for your baby plants.  Raised beds with lots of organic matter are best.  This spring we grew our broccoli in a raised bed amended with composted cow manure and mulched with chicken litter from last year’s baby chick brooder.

The plants were enormous, and so were the broccoli heads.  They grew really fast in the warm spring weather, and baby chicken poop does wonders.  Maybe we can get another good crop as the weather cools off at night and we start to get some rain (hopefully!) in September and October.

Don’t let the heat of the summer keep you from getting started.  You’ll be so happy you did when you harvest fresh food from your own backyard this fall!

 

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Class: How to Raise Baby Chicks

Ready to start your own backyard laying flock?

Learn everything you need to know to raise baby chicks into adult laying hens.

Saturday, April 21, 2-4 pm

$20 per household

Come and meet our chicks, see how we raise them, and get ideas about how to do it yourself.  This class will begin with a short tour of our laying flock and the rest of the farm, followed by a visit to the chick brooder and in-depth coverage of feeding, housing, equipment, care, breeds, and resources.  There will be plenty of time for questions, so bring your list!  Class includes a take-home handout of specific recommendations for raising healthy baby chicks into adult laying hens.

To register, contact us.

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Baby Chicks for Sale

Baby Chicks for Sale

Layer pullets

1-week-old baby chicks will be off to a good start and ready for your brooder.  The different breeds selected offer wide variation in characteristics such as productivity, rarity, hen color and size, egg color and size, age at laying first eggs, laying rate, and ability to lay through cold or hot weather.  To reserve your breeds and make arrangements for payment, contact us.                                                                                                             

Available April 7                                                                                                                             

  • Cinnamon Queen:  Light red hens with fast body development, start to lay eggs at younger age than most standard breeds, produce big brown eggs…$3.75
  •  Black Sex Link:  Vigorous chicks, rugged black hens, efficient, high production layers of brown eggs…$3.75
  •  Ameraucana...Also called Easter Egg chickens, each individual hen produces either blue, green, pink, or light brown eggs.  Hens have feathers around their faces that form muffs and beards.  They can be gray, brown, black, white, or red…$4.00
  • Welsummer…This rare breed lays large, very dark brown eggs.  Hens are large, upright, active birds with golden brown or reddish brown feathering…$4.50

Available April 28     

  • Cherry Egger…Dark red hens, very efficient, high production layers of brown eggs…$3.75
  • Gold Sex Link...Light red hens, excellent layers of brown eggs.   Bred for high, efficient egg     production and excellent livability…$3.75
  • Black Australorp…Hens are black with greenish sheen, excellent layer of brown eggs.  One of the hardiest of all breeds…$3.75
  • Production Black…Hen feathering varies but is mostly silver barred.  Excellent quality large white eggs add variety to your egg cartons…$3.75
  • Ameraucana…Also called Easter Egg chickens, each individual hen produces either blue, green, pink, or light brown eggs.  Hens have feathers around their faces that form muffs and beards.  They can be gray, brown, black, white, or red…$4.00
  • Partridge Rock…This rare breed has a unique and beautiful plumage pattern, reddish-bay with black penciling.  Medium sized bird with a quiet disposition.  Good layer of brown eggs…$4.00

 

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