Making Jam

We grow berries.  Now we have strawberries.  Many berries are “utilities” – not cute enough to be number one, but perfectly good to eat or freeze or cook.  I cut them up and make jam.  Today I made jam.  The ping of the canning jars sealing is so satisfying.  It will taste so good when no other fresh berries are in season!

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad greens, braising greens, snap peas, beets or carrots, green onions, herbs, and strawberries Field Notes. Although Ken is always planting, right now he is really focused on cultivating and weeding.  If he and the crops can stay ahead of the weeds now when plants are small, those crop plants can establish “canopy” and make shade so they can stay ahead of the weeds …

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Recipe Idea – Greens Like Arugula, Kale, Chard

Here at Keppers we emphasize greens.  We usually have lettuce and salad greens, braising and cooking greens and green fresh herbs. This week we have arugula, an Italian cool weather favorite with a peppery flavor.  We like it in salads.  I like to add it to cooked beets with a sour cream or yogurt dressing and some toasted walnuts or pecans; the sweet earthy beets pair nicely with the fresh pungent arugula, and the nuts …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, kale, arugula, French breakfast radishes, green onions, garlic scapes, snap peas, carrots, parsley, strawberries, and the last of the asparagus.     Field Notes.  Ken is wrapping up asparagus season with weeding and mulching the beds with the assistance of his faithful helper, Oscar the dog!  The plant shoots will grow and send energy to the roots for next year’s crop.  One of the most …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad mix, braising greens, beets or carrots, asparagus, radishes, herbs, snap peas and strawberries Field Notes.  Ken has been vigilant about keeping the growing spaces cultivated.  After the rain, once it is dry enough he is out with either the wheel hoe or hand cultivator.  He has also been planting – cabbage for fall is now in the garden.  And he is weeding and mulching …

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Freezing Asparagus

Each year there is a time between the first flush and last frenzied sales of asparagus when I find there is enough for me to set aside to freeze.  Why freeze asparagus? I agree it is better fresh.  But asparagus is a magic tonic food for kidneys.  Each winter I take some frozen asparagus out of the freezer and make cream of asparagus soup. It is a real energy booster when we feel blah. Freezing …

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Peas – An Early Summer Favorite

Early each spring Ken plants snap peas.  Once he has cultivated and weeded a couple times, I help him put up the pea fence.       Then they bloom and set fruit.  Snap peas are a edible pod variety.  Just snap off the stem end and pull any “string”  that has grown along the edge.       Snap peas can be eaten raw or blanched for salads, pasta dishes, stir fry; they are …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad greens, baby brassica greens, green onions, garlic scapes, radishes, herbs, asparagus, and strawberries. Field Notes.  Sunday we got rain!  It had been dry, and Ken put off irrigating in garden and field when he heard we could get up to 2 inches.  He is still irrigating greenhouses as needed.  Prior to Sunday’s rain he was racing around getting all he could done before the …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad mix, beet thins, French breakfast radishes, green onions, asparagus, and herbs.         Field Notes.  The word for the week is PLANTING!  Ken has been busy on two fronts: moving up seedling for future greens and crops, and getting roots like potatoes, leeks, seeding in carrot and beet and burdock root.      There is also the maintenance tasks – with …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad greens, braising greens, radishes, green onions, asparagus, and herbs Field Notes. Since we have had drier weather, Ken has been busier than ever!  Many things are behind the usual planting schedule.  He has been planting and transplanting: onions in the garden, greens in the garden and by the mobile tunnel, sweet potatoes in the field, replanting washed out carrot seed, watching the beans …

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