Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Know Your Farmer - Christine Pompeo

Each week we'll profile one of the seven CSA farmers who grows your food. You can also get to know your farmer by visiting him or her at a farm stand or farmer's market, or by visiting our farm sites during a monthly Friday Farm Tour event (see below for details).

This week your farmer is Christine Pompeo. Christine provides CSA shares and sells her produce at the Portland Farmers' Market in Deering Oaks Park on Saturdays (want to know more about Portland's farmers' markets? Click here).

Christine also pools her produce with other Fresh Start Farms growers to provide wholesale quantities of vegetables for Cultivating Community's Grow Cart--a bike-powered mobile farm stand. The Grow Cart stations our farm stands on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Find our farm stand schedule here.

From Christine -
I came to Maine in 2005 from South Sudan. I joined Fresh Start Farms in 2007.

I was a farmer in Sudan but am still learning how to adapt my skills to Maine where the season is shorter and the climate is entirely different. Some of my farming practices have stayed the same. Everything on my farm here is done by hand as I did before in Sudan.

My favorite part about farming is watching my vegetables sprout and grow and then being able to bring these to my customers.

My philosophy is this: “Try anything that you haven’t tried before. Nothing is impossible. Put your interest into something and you will get results.” 

Monthly farm visits for CSA members and volunteers:
Friday, September 26 from 12:00p – 2:00p in Lisbon (Please note updated time)
Friday, October 3 from 12:00p – 2:00p in Lisbon 

RSVP with Ashley if you would like to attend: fsf@cultivatingcommunity.org & (207) 761-GROW


September cooking tips
What to do with:
Tons of veggies and herbs -
One quick and easy meal to use up many different veggies (lettuces and greens, summer squash, carrots, beets, celery, kohlrabi, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, etc.) and herbs (mint, cilantro, and basil are particularly good), is to make spring rolls. 

Image result for spring roll wrappers images
This is what spring roll wrappers
look like at the store
You can find the wrappers cheaply at an Asian market or even at Hannafords. They are large, circular noodles (see image). I chop up a wide variety of raw veggies and herbs to roll in. This makes a quick and easy meal and from my experience, always goes over well (even with kids).

I make a peanut sauce for my spirng rolls by mixing two heaping tablespoons of peanut butter with 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar, 1/8 cup soy sauce (or Bragg's liquid aminos), minced garlic and some olive oil (as much as you want for desired consistency).

Tomatillos, (other than salsa fresca) -  I found the following that looked like a good starting point for thinking outside the tomatillo salsa box: http://www.thekitchn.com/what-can-i-make-with-tomatillos-besides-green-sauce-good-questions-196448.

Leeks (other than potato leek soup) - These ideas are a great starting point for getting inspired with your leeks. http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/mar/01/leek-recipes-10-best

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