Best Cucumber Soup Ever. And, Dad Made It

My dad loves to cook and often I find him perusing the internet looking for ways to use what's in the house (so nothing goes to waste). Michael and I are soooo happy to have Dad with us. He's such a huge support and help and he cooks often!

Tonight he mad one of his best (I say that about everything he cooks/bakes/makes)

He found this amazing recipe in Food and Wine Magazine for a cold cucumber soup. After doing a quick post on Instagram Stories, I have had a few requests for the recipe.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 large European cucumbers (2 1/4 pounds - and I bet you could use ANY cucumber). halved and seeded - 1/2 cup finely diced, the rest coarsely chopped.

1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt. Tonight Dad improvised and used sour cream with a bit of white vinegar (it worked! And, was perfect.)

3 Tablespoons fresh lemon

1 small shallot, chopped

1 garlic clove.

WHAT TO DO:

1. In a blender, combine the chopped cucumber with the yogurt, lemon juice, shallot, garlic, dill, parsley, tarragon and the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight. **We did not do this - maybe it chilled for 2 hours max. ***Was awesome.

This recipeand more like it can be found here.

Summer Time Special - 6 Weeks

Last week was our last Farm Member/CSA pick up and now it's time to see what's next. One thing for use is that we are letting many of the raised beds have a rest. More about that later . . .

. . . but for now - we started a Summer Time Special - for 6 Weeks. It's an Egg Membership. Buy one dozen of eggs for $6 and pick up your dozen over the next 6 weeks. In other words, pay $36 for a 6 week fresh farm egg pick up. I touted this on Instagram (follow me here if you don't) and it looks like we might have filled all the spots - but just in case (I need to do a count) email me here at hello@thesimplefarm.net if you're interested.

So, every Thursday between 8 - 9:00 am you will stop by the farm - and pick up your eggs.

Now, here's the even more awesome part.

Laura, of Picketfence Pastries is taking PRE-ORDERS (see the order list below) for a selection of her amazing European Style baked pastries. I'm already ordering some almond croissants and cherry hand pies. Simple email/call Laura by Monday evening or Tuesday evening with your order. You will prepay for your order and then pick up at the farm at this green garden table above on Thursday morning between 8-9 am.

It's easy and awesome! See you Thursday for your fresh farm eggs and amazing pastries.


Yes. It's True. We are Closing Again . . .

. . .with this Thursday being our last FarmShop morning till sometime this fall. It's time for us to rest and regroup and re-evaluate all that The Simple Farm is, has done and is purposed to do in the future (fall).

Did you know we make 2 and 4 piece wedding/gift favors? Getting married? Need gifts for an event or to say thank you to clients? Let's talk!

Did you know we make 2 and 4 piece wedding/gift favors? Getting married? Need gifts for an event or to say thank you to clients? Let's talk!

Every summer, Michael and I bring out the annual White Board and begin to scribble away with thoughts, ideas, successes and failure and a huge list of things we need to think about. It's good for any business - especially - the growing food kind to evaluate and ponder and pray and consider purpose, energy levels and direction and values, etc.

What Else Will We Be Doing?

We will still be making and providing lots of our farm's sea salt caramels all around the shops in the valley and we are continuing to add more wonderful shops all around the US. We'd LOVE to have you recommend us to a shop you think the owners really should carry our caramels. This just happened this Thursday. One of our new farm friends and a new volunteer (Felice) from Chicago told her friend up in the Catskills about our caramels and her first box (wholesale) is on its way to Forestburgh General Store. Awesome!

We will be catching up on some farm projects - pruning fruit trees, giving TLC to new baby fruit trees, solarizing areas of the farm, prepping beds, looking at seeds and planning for fall planting. Michael will be extending the Farm to Table supper arbor to accommodate seating of 100. Just normal farm stuff.

Farm Help and Volunteers

All farms - need people who are willing to help and volunteer their time. Want to learn to garden? Volunteer and learn by doing. Want to give to your community? Volunteer and put a smile on the faces of those that work very hard. Want to lift a burden? Volunteer. Want to show you care and are supportive? Volunteer. Struggling with personal issues of grief? Volunteer.

Summers are brutal around here and many volunteers take time off. We're happy about that, but if YOU are around - would you consider volunteering at least two or three times this summer? Work starts in the cool of the morning. Email us at hello@thesimplefarm.net and put VOLUNTEER in the subject line.

A few weeks ago, I posted a need for a Goat Team assistant and before I began to writeany details, we think our guy randomly surfaced. He's been here at the farm learning all about our goats and goat care. That said, it's always wonderful to have a few more to learn about how to care for these amazing animals.

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