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Posted 6/2/2018 2:18pm by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello All!

It's hard to believe but we are now at the half way point in our Spring CSA delivery :)I hope you all are enjoying the fresh picked veggies! The weather has been a little nutty but our harvest has been holding up pretty well. With that in mind please get your veggies inside as soon as possible.

We have added ice-packs to your boxes when we feel it's necessary but the warmer humid temps can certainly can cause some issue with more sensitive produce.

If you ever receive produce that is not up to par please let us and know and we will be happy to replace it the following week. Unpredictable & hot conditions are not always easy on fresh veggies!

Don't forget... we recycle bags, our boxes and ice-packs so please leave them out for your delivery driver to retrieve when dropping off your share each week.

We are currently taking members for our Early Summer CSA program. Sign up soon to reserve your spot!

Thanks to all of our loyal members for your support this season! It means the world to us :)

 

*Veggie of the Week: Garlic Scapes!!! They taste just like fresh garlic. No peeling required. I posted some recipes below. Enjoy!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

    • 1 stick salted butter, softened
    • 1-2 garlic scapes
    • zest, from 1/4 of a lemon

Instructions

    1. Chop the garlic scapes into small pieces, about a quarter of an inch each. Add the pieces to the bowl of a food processor and chop until fine.
    2. Add the butter (you may need to give it a rough chop in order for it to fit in the food processor) and the lemon zest to the garlic scapes.
    3. Puree in the food processor until all ingredients are evenly combined
Storage:
  1. For immediate use, place the compound butter in a jar or plastic container. Store in the fridge for up to a couple weeks
  2. For longer term storage, place the compound butter on a piece of wax paper, roll it into a log and twist the ends. See the image below. For additional protection, place the roll of butter into a plastic zipper bag. Store in the freezer for 2-3 months.

 

 

Garlic Scape Pesto

Ingredients

  • 1 cup garlic scapes cut into pieces
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 almonds you could use pistachios, pine nuts or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and white pepper to taste, if desired
  • 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
Instructions
  1. Combine the basil leaves, garlic scapes, and almonds in a food processor. Pulse until everything is broken up into small chunks.
  2. Add the parmesan cheese, salt and white pepper. Pulse briefly.
  3. Turn the food processor on and slowly add the olive oil until the pesto is the consistency you like.
  4. Remove and transfer to an air tight container, pop in the fridge until needed.
  5. Or just shove it all in your mouth immediately, whatever works for you.
  6. You can use this over pasta, crostini, sandwiches or for dip for some great crackers. However you use it make lots because it will be gobbled up quickly.
  7. Serve with a big old garlic scape loving smile!

 

 

 

Garlic Scape Scampi

ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pinch red chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 pound shrimp (shelled and deveined)
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 lemon (juice and zest)
  • 1/4 cup garlic scapes (finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
directions
  1. Heat the oil and melt the butter in a pan.
  2. Add the red chili pepper flakes and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  3. Add the shrimp and saute until cooked, about 2-3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove the shrimp from the pan.
  5. Add the wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil.
  6. Simmer the liquid until reduced by about half, about 3-5 minutes.
  7. Add the garlic scapes and simmer until fragrant, about a minute.
  8. Add the butter, wait for it to melt and turn off the heat.

 

 

 

Grilled Garlic Scapes

Serves: 4

  • 1 pound garlic spears
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-2 pinches salt and pepper (course sea salt, preferably)
  • 1 tablespoon shaved parmesan-reggiano cheese (optional)
  1. Trim off 1 inch from the bottom of the spears as well as the brown part of any tips.
  2. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over high heat. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and spears to the skillet and toss until coated. Sauté for 4-5 minutes, or until they are slightly tender. If they look like they are drying out, add 1 more tablespoon of olive oil. Remove from heat, add butter, salt, and pepper, and toss.
  3. If using a grill, place spears directly on the grill grate, making sure the internal temperature of the grill is at least 425 degrees F. If using an oven, place cast iron skillet directly in the preheated oven (preheated to 425 degrees F) with spears in it. Grill/roast for another 7-10 minutes, or until the spears begin to char slightly.
  4. Remove from grill/oven and eat hot or serve cold, with or without shaved parmesan-reggiano cheese on top. You can also add the spears to salads, pastas, and soups...get creative with it!

 

 

Green Garlic Soup

Garlic Scape Broth

Ingredients

  1. 7 cups chicken stock
  2. 1/2 pound green garlic shoots or ramps, thinly sliced
  3. 2 cups leeks, cleaned and thinly sliced
  4. Kosher salt
  5. Black pepper, freshly cracked
  6. Lemon juice, freshly squeezed, to taste
  7. 4 scallions, thinly sliced
  8. 1 baguette, sliced on the diagonal 1/2-inch thick
  9. Olive oil, for brushing
  10. 2 tablespoons chives, snipped into 1/2-inch pieces

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  2. Add the green garlic shoots and leeks. Simmer for 5 minutes. Check seasoning and adjust with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. (Soup may be made in advance up to this point, then reheated.) Just before serving, stir in scallions.
  3. While the soup simmers, brush the baguette slices with olive oil, and toast.
  4. Ladle into soup bowls, add sliced baguette (three slices per bowl is a good place to start), and sprinkle generously with chives.

 

 

 

Pickled Garlic Scapes
 

Ingredients

To Make about 2 Pints of Pickled Garlic Scapes:
    • 2 bunches garlic scapes (washed and trimmed of any withered or brown areas)
    • 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar
    • 1 ½ cups water
    • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
    • 2 tablespoons raw sugar (can substitute granulated white sugar if necessary)
Additional ingredients PER PINT:
  • ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seed (not ground mustard)
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (can omit if you're sensitive to heat)
  • ¼ teaspoon coriander seeds (not ground coriander)

Instructions

Coil each garlic scape and insert into a sterilized mason or ball jar. When you have filled the jar to within 1/4 –inch of the top of the jar, coil or break any extra scapes and stuff them down into the center of the jar. When the jars are full of scapes, add the spices to each pint jar. Set aside.

Bring the apple cider vinegar, water, salt, and sugar to a boil, stirring until the salt and sugar are dissolved. Carefully pour the boiling brine over the garlic scapes. The garlic scapes will probably pop up and look like they are trying to get out of the jar. Use a sterile chopstick or butterknife to push it back into the jar. Wipe the rims of the jars, then fix the lid tightly into place. Let the jars come to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator for 6 weeks before opening and tasting. Be patient. It’s worth it!

 

 

 

White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip

Wondering what to do with garlic scapes? Puree them into a quick and creamy, garlicky bean and garlic scape dip! Great as a healthy snack or for a party!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 1300 kcal
Author Just a Little Bit of Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 cup garlic scapes
  • 2 15-oz cans white cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • kosher salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and set out a bowl of ice water. Add the garlic scapes to the pot and boil for 30 seconds. Drain and plunge the scapes into the ice water. Roughly chop most of the scapes and finely chop a few for topping the dip.

  2. Add the garlic scapes, white beans, olive oil, water, and parsley to a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth. Add more water if it's too thick. Taste the dip and add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Serve topped with some garlic scapes, chopped parsley, and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oi.

Recipe Notes

  • When using garlic scapes, only use the smooth stem part of the scape. Cut them just before they flare out into a bulb and then start to taper down.
  • You can find garlic scapes at specialty food markets and farmer's markets.
  • If you can't find garlic scapes, use 2-3 cloves of blanched garlic and the green parts of 2 green onions in their place. It will be a spicier dip (with the onions), but still very tasty.

 

 
Posted 6/1/2018 5:06pm by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello!

 We have some exciting new items on our list this week! As we get closer to summer, we are able to harvest more varieties. We hope you enjoy this week's list. You are able to place your order from now until 5 pm on Sunday! If you forget to place your order, we will send you a farm choice share so you don't miss out. 

 As always, please remember to return your boxes, bags, and ice packs for our drivers to pick up. If you happen to have had anything in your box that may have wilted, please feel free to add an extra item to your share. 

 Have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks for your support!

Libby and Lacey

Posted 5/25/2018 5:07pm by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello!

 The Week 3 Spring CSA store is open! You can place your orders from now until 5 pm on Sunday. Select the first link to place your veggie order. Select the second link to place an order for any specialty items you might want!

http://www.thezahradkafarm.com/store/csa-veggie-store 

http://www.thezahradkafarm.com/store/csa-specialty-store 

 

 Please remember to leave your boxes, bags and ice packs out for our drivers to pick up!

Thanks for your support!

Libby and Lacey

Posted 5/18/2018 3:09pm by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello! 

 Its been a rainy week on the farm, but we are still able to get to some good veggies for the CSA! The store is now open. You can place your order any time now through Sunday at 5pm. If you forget, we will still send you a farm choice box so you don’t miss out!

 It was very humid this week. If you received any items that wilted last week, feel free to add on an extra item to this week’s order. Don’t forget to leave your bags, boxes and ice packs out for our drivers to pick up.

 Check out the specialty item store to get your hands on some local items! We are still taking new sign ups for our future CSA seasons! Join while we still have spaces. 

Thanks for your support!

Libby and Lacey

Posted 5/13/2018 11:20am by Elizabeth Longendorf.

 

 

Happy Mothers Day!
We have a lot of exciting things happening down on the farm & all over the place this week! 

*Our Farm Stand Is No Open On The Weekends Fri. 10-6 Sat. 10-5 Sun. 10-4
*Our CSA Has Begun! Market Pick Ups are already underway and first deliveries go out this week!
*Our Spring Veggies are Coming In And Looking Great!
*We are Planting Planting Planting every day to prepare for he Summer!
So yes, the weather has been super weird but here on the farm things are going along just as normal as they ever do ;) We would like to thank everyone for your support! Especially our awesome CSA members!!!! 
Spring CSA
We will be continuing to take new members for our Spring CSA through this week and then the Sign up for that particular season will be shut down. We are really excited to offer a CSA delivery during this time of year! If you would like to sign up and miss the first week we will surely prorate your share for the veggies you missed. 

Click Here To Join The Spring CSA Delivery!!!


Young Heirloom Garlic & Emerald Green Heritage Cabbage


Lil' Baby Heirloom Tomato Plants
Baby New Potatoes are my favorite! They don't stay little for long :) 






Posted 5/11/2018 11:05am by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello!

 We are very excited to announce that the first spring CSA store is open for orders! Its up earlier than normal, but we wanted to give the new folks time to email us if they have any questions. We have some exciting new items on the list! We also have a CSA specialty item store available for you to order from. These items are from our farm and other local vendors. These items have a price listed and will be added to the balance on you account when you order. Invoices will be sent out every Monday for the specialty items. 

 You should have received an email yesterday explaining your delivery day. All deliveries will be made on Wednesday or Thursday each week. Your delivery day will not change. 

 You will receive a box, liner bag, ice pack and other produce bags for your share. Please set these out each week for our drivers to pick up. As the weather gets warmer, it is a good idea to set a cooler outside for our drivers to put your share into. Make sure it is large enough to fit your share! 

 We hope you enjoy this week's list! If you have free time this weekend, our farm stand has opened for the season! We have a variety of veggies and lots of flowers for Mother's Day!

Stand hours:

Friday 10-6pm

Saturday 10-5pm

Sunday 10-4pm

 Thank you all for your support this spring season! 

Libby and Lacey

Posted 4/30/2018 4:38pm by Z Farm Life LLC.
Spring Has Sprung!!!
 
Hey Folks!
 
The Winter CSA is now over and boy was it a success! We had more member this past Winter than ever before during that season. Thank you all so much for your support! Be sure to rate us and leave comments on our facebook page so anyone interested can see the "results" of joining:)
 
There are a few more hours left to take advantage of our Spring CSA discount! Through April 30th you can use a coupon code to receive $10 off your Spring membership. Sign up for all upcoming seasons and receive 10% off the total cost.
 
To Receive $10 off your Spring Share:
Enter the Coupon code: SPRING   (at checkout)
 
Help Make this a record year for us and sign up today!!!
 
We would like to thank everyone that helped us can up our fallen greenhouse! You are all so awesome :) Now that the green house is gone we can focus on the task at hand.... growing your veggies! 
Thanks again!
 
Libby, George and Staff
 
 
 
Posted 4/20/2018 12:59pm by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello!

 The final CSA store is now open for ordering. We are sad to see the winter CSA end, but we are looking forward to our new Spring CSA! As usual, if you forget to place your order by Monday morning, we will send you a farm choice. 

 This week you will be receiving only a bag. Please leave out any boxes or other bags you may have for us to pick up. Thank you so much for all your support throughout the winter. We have been able to begin purchasing supplies and planting for our upcoming seasons. We cherish and love our CSA members so much. We pack each share with love and hope you have enjoyed your time with us. 

 The Spring CSA sign up is still open! We have new drop off locations in Sykesville, Parkville, Baltimore City and are working on gathering more! Sign up now while there are still spaces left! 

Thank you for all of your support this season,

Libby and Lacey

Posted 4/13/2018 11:49am by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello! 

The store is now open for Week 11 orders. We are now in the last two weeks of the Winter CSA. We have had a wonderful winter season working with you. If you would like to continue to receive produce, our Spring CSA begins in early May. Sign up while there are still some spaces available!
 
As usual, if you forget to order, we will send you a farm choice box. Please leave out and boxes and bags you have for us to reuse. We would like to thank everyone who has been donating their old grocery bags to us! 
 

Click the link below to place your order:

http://www.thezahradkafarm.com/store/3646

Thanks for your support!

Libby and Lacey

 

Posted 4/6/2018 11:19am by Z Farm Life LLC.

Hello!

 The store for week 10 is now open! We have provided many items that are great for juicing!! Please use the link below to place your order:

http://www.thezahradkafarm.com/store/csa-veggie-store

 If you forget to place your order, we will send you a farm choice box so you won't miss out! Don't forget to continue to leave your boxes, bags and containers our for us to pick up and reuse. 

 We are getting close to the end of the winter CSA. If you would like to receive veggies in the spring, you can sign up for our  Spring CSA. Spots are filling up fast so sign up while you can! We have two new drop off locations beginning this spring so be sure to check those out if they are in your area! 

Thanks for your support!

Libby and Lacey

Farm Stand Hours

Farm Stand Hours - October 31st

Friday: 10-5pm

Saturday: 10-5pm

Sunday: 10-4 pm