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Vive la France! Their greenbeans at least. . . Tue, June 17, 2008

This is such a wonderful time of year. Almost everyday, something new is coming on in the garden. Today we picked our first haricot vert — a french heirloom green bean. They are smaller and more tender than conventional beans and taste a thousand times better.

Haricot vert are incredibly simple to prepare. You snap off the ends (but not the the entire bean) and saute to taste. I tend to cook them with butter (I use fresh butter that we make ourselves but store bought works just fine) and tiny bit of lemon juice. Heat the butter in the pan. Let it just start to melt and throw in the beans. Saute covered for 5 to 6 minutes, add juice of half a lemon and saute uncovered for another couple of minutes.

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It might have choked Artie but it ain’t gonna choke Stymie. . . Sun, June 15, 2008

I always love a good piece of advice from one of the Little Rascals. . . Unlike Stymie, the Coon Rock Gang is loving our first crop of artichokes! They were started in flats in the hoop house this winter and transplanted to the garden in mid March. And, this weekend we were finally able to enjoy the fruits of our labors. They were delicious.

Preparing them is much easier than you’d imagine. You simply cut off and thorny points from the leaves (and remove any outer leaves that have become brittle) and wash them well. To cook, put an inch or so of water with a touch of olive oil and salt in a pot and invert the artichokes in the water (so that the flower opening is facing down). Cover and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes — or until the pods fell tender when squeezed. Serve with… read more

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Everybody blogs. . . Fri, June 13, 2008

There are other people out there much better better at this blogging thing than I am . . .  and, they are blogging about Coon Rock.  Check out the links below for another perspective on our bounty.

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Make way for Ducklings Mon, June 9, 2008

Make way for ducklings. . . and, all sorts of other babies. The Coon Rock Family has grown so much this spring! We have new lambs, goat kids, calves and this week we had our first baby ducks!! There are 15 new ducklings trotting around — come see them Saturday at our weekly on-farm open house from 10:00 til 12:00.

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All the Cool Kids are at the Farmers’ Market Fri, May 30, 2008

Our Farmers’ Market season is in full swing.

Our new market addition for this year is South Estes Farmers’ Market in the Southern Season parking lot in Chapel Hill.  It’s a great venue and we are really enjoying growing our customer base in Chapel Hill.  So, come check us out this Saturday morning.  And, be sure to try a pie from Scratch Seasonal Artisan Baking (http://www.piefantasy.com/) — the pie is likely to be filled with delicious Coon Rock Farm ingredients.

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