It’s easy to see how kohlrabi could throw you off your game the first time you see it. It looks like someone teleported a vegetable from Mars right into your kitchen.
In reality, kohlrabi is incredibly versatile. Kohlrabi, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and kale are all related, so you can expect that any flavor that goes nicely with one, will be lovely with the other. So let’s try this basic version of a kohlrabi-ham bake
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 4 kohlrabi, peeled and diced
- 8 ounces thick ham, diced
- 2 Tbsp fresh chopped parsley
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- Pinch of mace (can substitute ground nutmeg)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large skillet, melt the butter on medium heat. Add the diced kohlrabi and gently cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
2 Beat the egg yolk, and whisk in the heavy cream, flour, mace, salt and pepper until well combined.
3 Place half of the cooked kohlrabi on the bottom of an oven-proof casserole dish. Layer on the diced ham and parsley. Top with the remaining kohlrabi. Pour the sauce ingredients over the kohlrabi and ham.
4 Bake for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned on top. Serve immediately.
As the farm grows it is important to us to improve our growing techniques and efficiencies. We are excited to report that this year we have a brand new mulch layer!
When most people think of mulch they think of wood chips. Plastic mulch is a product used to suppress weeds and conserve water in our crops.
This nifty little machine has many talents. In addition to laying the mulch (plastic), it also creates a bed and lays down two rows of drip tape – all in one swoop!
Plastic mulch reduces the amount of water lost from the soil due to evaporation. This means less water will be needed for irrigation. Plastic mulches also aid in evenly distributing moisture to the soil which reduces plant stress.
Plastic mulch also keeps ripening fruit off the dirt which keeps the produce cleaner.
We are very excited to have this new tool on the farm!
Onions usually get planted around our place in early April, but because of all the early moisture, this year’s onion crop didn’t go in until the first part of May.
We like to use onion sets because they are fairly hardy and have a higher success rate that direct seeded or transplants.
Although you may think that everything is high tech around the farm, we often use the most basic methods. Note the fork that we use to punch holes in the plastic.
After crawling on your hands and knees for the better part of a half day, all you want is a truck ride and a drink of water. Thank goodness we have such a good crew.
Well, we didn’t quite make the April 1 deadline, but the weather didn’t really cooperate with us. Thats ok though, because we love to see rain on the farm!
We’ve had the frame completed for some time now. But the weather conditions have to be just right to pull plastic over the tunnel.
The wind can’t be blowing, so in Nebraska that is a huge constraint. It’s best if the sun is out, because the plastic can be stretched. AND it’s easiest to pull with 4-5 people.
Well, we finally got a calm morning when we could get people to the farm, but it was foggy. We’ll happily take what we can get.
Not only did we need to pull plastic over the tunnel, we also needed to put up the end walls.
Did I forget to mention that coffee is a must when building a high tunnel?
Stay tuned to see what got planted in the tunnel!
Oh my goodness, there has been a lot of action on the farm lately. Remember last year when it turned 80 degrees in March? Well, this year its been very cold – not to mention rain and hail! Luckily we have not had crops outside during April to deal with hail.
Since May 3, we’ve been seeding, transplanting, learning to use new equipment and prepping land. So starting today, we will try to post every Wednesday and Friday about what’s happening on the farm.
Our biggest accomplishment has been on the high tunnel. We had a goal of completion by April 1, but it ended up being May 2 before we got plants in.
The 1st high tunnel has been yielding a great harvest. We’ve had radishes and red romaine lettuce. Its so exciting to have fresh vegetables again 🙂
With so much happening, you can be sure that you will see the produce soon!
We are so happy to have fresh greens again!
½ head of Romaine lettuce
2 eggs, hard boiled, quartered
¼ cup grated cheese, your choice
1 small cucumber, chopped
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
¼ cup pepper jelly
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable or olive oil
1. Chop and wash the lettuce. Spin dry.
2. Combine lettuce, egg, cheese and cucumber.
Serve with peppery dressing