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Growing Season Update July 20, Recipe

  • Limited quantities of flavorful tomatoes are soon to be harvested. More lettuce, peppers and cucumbers will be available soon.
  • Our cut hay was rained on for a couple days. Fortunately we had a couple of dry days with a steady wind. Once raked, the hay dried out enough to put into round bales. Homegrown and all natural is best for our herds, and for us.
  • Michigan weather provides a great growing environment for many species of herbs. Everything from dill to sage and mint grow well here. This is great news for the adventurous cooks and exotic eaters. We recommend that you try a new herb every so often. They provide flavor and a wide variety of complex nutrients, not otherwise found in a regular diet!

Farmer Logic: “With the winds and rains come weeds, humid days, and cool nights. Enjoy the soft soaked beds, get out and pull the weeds.”

Until Next Time

Lamb and Kale Ragu


  • 1 lb Navy Beans, rinsed, sorted and soaked over night -then drained.
  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 green onions chopped coarsely
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped (discard seeds)
  • ½ lb kale of choice, ribbed, and chopped (chop stem and reserve)
  • 1 cup chopped garlic scapes
  • 1 tbsp. “rub my belly” seasoning
  • 1 ½ cups water


  • In a large stock pot simmer lamb, seasoning mix, chopped garlic scapes, reserved kale stems and tomatoes in olive oil, just until meat is browned and tomatoes begin to lose their form.
  • Stir in water, add beans, and chopped kale.
  • Increase heat to medium and leave to cook until beans are warmed through
  • Garnish with raw chopped onion, add salt and pepper to taste.

Market News and Growing Season Update

More Help Has Arrived and thank goodness for that, I have been doing so much double duty that at the Rochester Farmers Market my tongue got twisted. It was cold and rainy and the wind chilled my hands to numbness, I was so impressed with the customers that braved the weather that I would say “Thank you for braving the weather” and ask if they wanted to try some cheese. One couple came by and I said “Thank You for coming are you brave enough to try some cheese”. I got a funny look as they walked away.

Lauren Russell has arrived to rescue me she will be helping with the weblog and is going to breathe new life the listless Facebook Page.

Law Family Farm and White Pine Farm have summer squash available.

The purple peppers are just starting to ripen. Zuchinni and Yellow summer squash is coming into season.

Lettuce is back and the shade cloth on the hoop house so it should stay fresh for a longer time.

Strawberries from Bear Lake had a bad growing season so many people who ordered the berries did not get them.

Almar Orchards said the trees are blossoming well so expect some great apples late summer to early winter.

Until Next Time
Marian Listwak

Garlic Scape Recipes!

On the east coast garlic scapes are in demand, in our area not many of us know what to do with them.
Here are a few suggestions.

Garlic Scape Pesto

Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 10 garlic scapes, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cups finely grated Parmesan Reggiano
  • 1/3 cup cup toasted pine nuts (for a variation use black walnuts)
  • 6 Basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
    • Put the scapes, cheese, pine nuts, Basil and half the olive oil in the bowl of a food processor (or use a blender or a mortar and pestle). Whir to chop and blend all the ingredients and then add the remainder of the oil. If you like the texture, stop; if you’d like it a little thinner, add some more oil. Season with salt. If you’re not going to use the pesto immediately, press a piece of plastic against the surface to keep it from oxidizing. The pesto can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple of days or packed airtight and frozen for a couple of months.
      Garlic Scape Dressing
      • 2 garlic scapes, coarsely chopped
      • 2 green onions, coarsely chopped
      • 1 teaspoon honey
      • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard or similar brown mustard
      • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
      • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
      • dash salt
      • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
      • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
      In a blender, combine the garlic scapes, onions, honey, mustard, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. With blender on low, slowly add the olive oil until well blended.
      Makes 1 cup.

The Great Scape (Grilled Scapes)

1 bunch scapes
extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
1.Preheat grill to medium high.
2. Pick through scapes and discard any that are mushy or dried out. Cut off tough ends (as you would with asparagus). Rinse and dry.
3. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt.
4. Place scapes on grill and spread out evenly (be careful they don’t fall through!). Close lid and cook for about 3-4 minutes, until they are slightly charred underneath. Flip scapes and continue cooking on the other side until evenly cooked – they should be slightly crunchy still, but not raw!
5. Remove from grill, season to taste (lemon juice is yummy too) and serve.
Optional: Make a dressing out of olive oil, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt, whisk together. Toss large leaves of radicchio, or other bitter lettuce with dressing, and place grilled scapes on top.

Scape Soup


  • 3 cups garlic scapes, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves or 1?2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup cream
  • salt and pepper
    Saute the garlic scapes and onion in olive oil over medium heat until soft. Add the thyme at the end.
  • In food processor puree the vegetables and add chicken stock as needed to make a smooth paste.
  • In saucepan heat the vegetable mixture and add remaining chicken broth.
  • Bring to a simmer and add the cream.
  • Season as needed.

Pickled Garlic Scapes

These are easy “refrigerator pickles,” which means they require no heat processing but must be kept in the fridge.


  • About 15 garlic scapes
  • 1 dried chile (optional)
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • Trim the garlic scapes, curl them up, and place them in a pint jar with a tight fitting lid.
  • Work the chile, if you’re using it, into the jar with the garlic scapes.
  • In a small saucepan heat the vinegar, salt, and sugar with 1 cup of water until simmering and salt and sugar are dissolved.
  • Pour the warm vinegar mixture over the garlic scapes to cover them (you may not use all of the vinegar mixture). Seal the jar. Let it sit until cool, then store it in the refrigerator for at least 6 weeks and up to six months.

May 28, 2015 Growing Season Update

Peas are starting to be harvested, the asparagus is done for the year and more lettuce will be available soon. Even though we had a very dry spring the rains are making up for it.

The hay after being cut got rained on for a couple of days, fortunately after those days we had a couple of dry days with a little wind, Once raked the hay it dried enough to put into round bales

The sweet potatoes are planted at White Pine Farm.

Until Next Time
Marian Listwak

Growing Season Update June 5

Cabbage planted on Paper at White Pine Farm (taken June 11)

Cucumbers in the hoop house (taken June 11)

The sweet potatoes slips have arrived and we will be planting them Saturday, if any one wants to experience planting sweet potatoes and come visit White Pine Farm on Saturday you can call us at 810-688-3192 to let make arrangements.

Early summer brings in many interesting creatures, we had a blanding turtle visit us and a rather unique spider that I have yet to identify which is still in a jar (I have given it many flies). The blanding turtles are land turtles whose numbers are declining because the raccoons like to eat their eggs. Wish I would have taken a picture of it (I think it was a her because she was digging a hole most likely to burry eggs)

The cucumbers are growing nicely in the hoophouse, this variety of cucumbers has tender seeds and a wonderful flavor. Outside the cabbage is planted in paper, the paper is approved for organic use and degrades over time back into the soil. The paper controls the weeds so we can focus our time on weeding onions and carrots.

Until Next Time
Marian Listwak

Growing Season Update May 28, 2015

White Pine Farm Tomato Plants (taken May 28)

White Pine Farm Cows (taken May 28)the pile in front of the fence is garden compost.

The tomato plants have been growing nicely this year in the hoop house. The ants think of kale as their own personnel playground or they are hunting for aphids to milk, they will protect the aphids from any aphid natural predator as the aphids provide the ants with a food source. Dale set ant many traps out, hopefully between that and the Diatomaceous Earth we will get them under control, that should give the natural predators a chance to control the aphids.

The cattle are happy feeding in the lush pasture; they were actually frolicking and running to the fence because sometimes they get garden scraps. Next fall expect to see some of White Pine Farm beef for sale on the website.

Until Next Time
Marian Listwak

May 21 Growing Season Update

BUSY BUSY BUSY All the farmers are hustling to get their gardens and fields planting. Dale has been putting the paper mulch down and planting in them. He is also out seeding some of the fields that the cattle pasture on. With the big temperature swings it is a constant opening and closing the hoop-houses from either frost or too much heat. The potatoes are still sitting in crates waiting to be cut for potato seed. The sweet potato slips will be arriving a little later than normal. The cattle are out of the small front pasture and into the larger pastures. Sweet corn has been planted, the peas outside are needing to be trellised, the bee hives are doing fine.
The two evils attacking the plants in the hoop-houses are grasshoppers and aphids. There are some natural methods to help control them, which we are doing.
Until Next Time
Marian Listwak

May 14, Growing Season Update

RAINS CAME we are so grateful that we are getting our April showers—-oops—we did not get any showers in April, I guess we will call these May Showers. The trees are blossoming and the asparagus is growing. I don’t seem to have time to take pictures of what is growing; if I do I will add them. The hoop-houses are the insides are looking good. The tomatoes are being trellised and since we had a frost last night, everything was covered and everything survived the frost.
I ate for the first time a salad turnip on my salad and it was yummy. I hope others like them as well. If they do than we will keep growing them.

Until Next Time

Marian Listwak

Note From Me, My Health & Eyes

Me, My Health and Eyes. Patricia Aldrich will be relocating to Florida within the next 2 Months. Her business practice will continue on every aspect by means of Skype, email, mail and phone. She will also have a by weekly newsletter Via email and a website is under construction. She will have 2 visits per year to Michigan to do in person consults. Because of her relocation, the CSA is in need of a new delivery/pick up location in the Lake Orion area. If you know of a chiropractor, Natural Practitioner, Storefront that would be willing, please contact the CSA, Thank You.

April 23 News

Market News

The New Kitchen MDA has looked at our new Kitchen, it is close to being ready. In order for the market to operate and for the farmers to process some of their own products we have to have both a licensed kitchen and a licensed warehouse. MDA couldn’t decide how to categorize since we are online so those are the requirements they came up with for us to operate.
This coming Tuesday after the new hot water heater is installed we will be licensed, the old hot water heater was too small to meet their requirements.
We have been grateful to have been able to use the a mobile kitchen from MOFFA (Michigan Organic Farm & Food Alliance) for the last few years. They are a great organization and they are donating the trailer to the MSU Student Organic Farm.

Until Next Time
Marian Listwak

April 22, 2015 Growing Season Update

No sooner did Dale get the onions planted and the weather got cold and it snowed. I’m sure that the weather will take out some of the plants although we won’t be able to access the damage until it warms again. There are extra onion plants on sale on the website for those that like to garden and grow some of their own. They are Certified Organic from Deep Grass Nursery.
If the weather is warm and sunny over the week end more lettuce and greens will be ready to harvest please don’t hesitate to request some if they show sold out. If the weather stays the way it is we still may have extras.
It is time for me to read up on the best natural predators for the pests we have in the garden/hoop houses who are devouring the crops. Oddly CSA Farmers Market keeps me so busy I don’t have much time to help on the farm.
The garlic is growing and this Friday Dale, Kristie and Stephania will be planting tomatoes inside one of the hoop houses.
We increased the size of our beef herd, they will be on pasture all summer.
Maybe this year we will be able to make our pastured beef from White Pine Farm available on the website. We are also hoping to get back to chickens, we have to complete the licensed kitchen, finish the fencing for more cattle pasture fields and other things before we can build a larger better coop.

Until Next Time
Marian Listwak