2012 registration contract form now available on-line:

Click on 2012 Gong Garden Contract
Then click the attachment Gonggardenregistrationform2012.pdf
You should then have your printable form to fill out and mail to us.
Thank you!

Our Mission

Gong Garden is committed to raising great-tasting, safe-to-eat produce. We employ organic methods that produce food that is free from unnecessary pesticides and herbicides. Because the vegetables are locally grown they get to you fresher and tastier than produce that is shipped from who-knows-where having been sprayed with who-knows-what.

Distributions

The distribution site will be at Gong Garden CSA Farm 3488 Webster Rd Fredonia/Arwright. It will be on Fridays between 3pm and 7pm.
If you or someone else is unable to pick up your share on Friday and we get a call from you it will still be on the stand Saturday morning and can be picked up then. After that we will donate the share to the Chautauqua County Rural Ministry.
Any other special pick ups, not including Saturday morning written above, will be done once free for each shareholder upon calling and requesting. If special pick ups need to be done more than once we will charge $15. for each time. So sorry about this. It does take us time and energy to do special pick ups.

Open for the 2012 Season!

We are taking shareholders for the 2012 season. Please go to the registration form to become a shareholder.
Regretfully, we have to raise the prices of shares this year. Our price has been the same for the last three years. As you well know the price of almost everything has risen, except of course, salaries. Three years ago the price of gasoline locally was $1.85 per gallon, for example.
This year we implementing changes. We have built a starting room right off of our home which will enable us to keep a constant temperature for the plants. Our plan this year is to build a heated 20' by 20' greenhouse directly off the starting room. Our neighbor is experimenting with high tunnel right on the garden itself and we are paying attention to this. A high tunnel on part of the garden will mean a longer growing season.  read more »

Kale ,(or other greens), Recipe

This is a great recipe for Kale (but I would think you could use other greens as well)

1T olive oil 2(15oz) cans white beans such as cannellini or navy
8 large garlic cloves crushed
1 med onion chopped
4 cups kale
4 cups broth (we used veg)
4 plum tomatoes
2 t Italian herb seasoning
salt and pepper to taste
1 c chopped parsley

heat olive oil, add garlic and onion saute until soft. Add kale and saute stirring until wilted. Add 3 cups broth, 2 cups beans and all of the tomato herbs salt and pepper. Simmer 5 min. In blender or food processor mix the remaining beans and broth until smooth. Stir into soup to thicken simmer 15 min. ladle into bowls and sprinkle with chopped parsley.

We ommitted the blender/food processor part. I just added all to the pot and used a potatoe masher to mash some of it.

This is great tasting soup!

*courtesy of Judi Lutz-Woods

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Moroccan carrot salad
6 carrots, shredded
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch red pepper flakes
Place carrots and onions in a medium serving bowl.
In a separate bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
Toss with the carrots.
Serve cold or at room temperature.
*Courtesy of Priscilla Titus

Cooking greens

We have been using Ghee to cook the greens such as Bok Choi, Tat Soi, Spinach, and Mustards. The Ghee gives the greens a shiny appearance, coats the leaves to stop escaping vitamins and minerals. Cooking with Ghee in the frying pan reminds me of living in India and the wonderful aroma that is associated with the sizzle of cooking.

We chop the greens up into any size or shape we wish, put a tbls. of ghee into the hot pan and cook a very short time. It's beautiful over rice! Simple and healthy.

Kale

Also called cole and borecole. kale has been in the European diet since the Greeks & Romans. In De Agricultura, the ROman philosopher Cato describes several varieties of kale favored by is countrymen. the name comes via Scotland from the Greek & Roman words coles and caulis, which referred to vegetables of the cabbage family.

brassica oleracea var, acephala is the Latin name, placing kale in the family of Cruciferea. Acephala means without a head.  read more »

Kohlrabi

Dialogue heard in the field: "What are those funny looking plants over there?" "Kohlrabi." "Cold rabbi?" "They're in the cabbage family." "They look like golf balls with leaves on top!"

The earliest mention of kohlrabi comes from Pliny in ancient Rome: a Brassica in which the stem is thin just above the roots, but swell out in the region that bears the leaves, which are few and slender." The name is German from kohl - cabbage - and rabi - turnip. The plant does share the characteristics of these two vegetables. The edible stem enlargement resembles a turnip, and the leaves taste like cabbage.

Like broccloi, kohlrabi bears the Latin name Brassica oleracea and belongs to the Cruciferae family.

Kohlrabi is a high carbohydrate, high fiber food, an excellent source of cellulose and lignin. It is a good source of vit. C (100 gr. contains 66 mg. ascorbic acid), low in sodium, and high in potassium (372 mg. per 100 gr.).  read more »

Broccoli Raab

Quick growing broccoli raab has a deep broccoli flavor enhanced by a subtle peppery zip and a tantalizing bittersweet note. Broccoli raab is also known as broccoli rabe, cima di rapa, rapini, and Italian turnip greens.

A serving of cooked broccoli raab provides a healthy dose of vitamin A and vitamin C. Also an excellent source of calcium and iron.

I haven't yet discovered the geographical origin of broccoli raab.

Gardeners unfamiliar with the veggie may be disheartened because it bolts - sends up a flower stalk - so quickly. Not to worry as you want it to bolt because the tender flower stalk and buds, along with the thin leaves, are the tasty parts of this plant.

Pizza with broccoli raab
Roughly chop a pound of broccoli raaab. Mash 2 or 3 big garlic cloves along
with salt in a motar. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. stir in the garlic,
and toss in the broccoli raab. Season with red pepper flakes. Saute' for 5
minutes until tender crisp.  read more »

Lettuce

A relative newcomer to the human diet, lettuce was first cultivated about 4500 b.c. Plants resembling romaine lettuce appear painted on the walls of Egyptian tombs. Lettuce was popular with the Greeks & Romans, and is eaten all over western Europe. Romaine (also called cos) got its name when the Pope moved to Avignon in the 14th century, and his Italian gardener introduced this lettuce to the French. The first definite evidence of the iceberg varieties was in 1543. There are four salad types: crisphead (or iceberg), butterhead, romaine (or cos), and leaf. Iceberg does not grow especially well in the northeast ... we don't grow it at all.

Lactuca sativa is a member of the Compositae family.  read more »

Spinach

Hello Shareholders,

I've been trying to find time to send info and recipes for some of the veggies we grow. Here's the first one. I'll try to keep up on this. IF anyone would like to share recipes with other shareholders, this would be the place to do it.

We are very busy folks, trying to be worthy of your great support. the gardeners

Spinach is native to southwestern Asia and grown where ever there is cool, moist climates. One cup of cooked spinach provides 5 gr. of protein. It is low in fat and fiber. In one cup there are 700 mg. potassium, 167 mg. calcium, 4 mg. iron, 14,580 i.u. vit. A, .25 mg. riboflavin, and 50 mg. ascorbic acid. Spinach also contains oxalic acid and astringent tannis. Spinach oleracea belongs to the Chenopodiaceae family, along with beets and chard.  read more »

New Site registration

HI Everyone,
We've tried to get everyone registered on the site. Please let us know of any difficulties.

We hope this site is more interactive. It certainly looks better!

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