Winter Greens Recipe

This year we have a bounty of fall greens.  One of my favorite ways to serve fall cabbage family – cabbage, kale, kohlrabi tops, tatsoi, Chinese cabbage like Tokyo behana, Brussels sprouts or the top part of the Brussels sprouts plant is to wilt them.      I tend to cut any harder stems, and then cut the greens in ribbons          I fry up a chopped onion or leek.  Then add …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings for the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, potatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots or beets, celery, winter tomatoes, and herbs Field Notes.  What a season!  We have had such a beautiful fall.  Ken has finished digging potatoes and is wrapping up field work.  The forecast is for cold weather later this week, so we will be getting the squash and onions to inside storage, hoopettes up over some …

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Last Day for Pigs

Monday evening Ken fed the pigs for the last time.         Tuesday morning, Election Day, was the last day for the pigs.  Early that morning Chris came and slaughtered on farm.  We believe in on farm slaughter as the animals appear to have no stress, and all waste stays on the farm.  We choose that time of year as the meat is processed before deer hunting season. Pigs here are a valuable …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  this week’s CSA box has freshly dug potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, leeks or red onions, garlic, salad and braising greens, winter tomatoes, and herbs.     Field Notes.  The field is, unfortunately, too wet for Ken to use the tractor to dig the potatoes.  So, he is digging some every day by hand.  Today you get some freshly dug potatoes – when they taste best.  And let us know what you …

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Root Cellaring Begins!

Each fall we move produce from the field, sort and store several crops for winter use: potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, kohlrabi, rutabagas in the root cellar, and squash, onions, and garlic in cool, dry storage.  Yesterday I started burying roots in sand.  We find they store best if taken from soil, trimmed and placed in barrels with sand as quickly as possible.  When we dig them out each winter harvest day they as close to …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has the last of the summer tomatoes, peppers, onions or leeks, garlic, sweet potatoes, winter squash, potatoes, salad and braising greens, radishes, and parsley. Field Notes.  Monday morning Ken made a wooden box trap for voles.  Voles can move into a green house and wipe out an entire crop.  Think of it – a warm place to live and a salad bar to boot!    A well …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, onions or leeks, garlic, salad and braising greens, sweet potatoes, squash, and herbs.     Field notes.  This unusually warm weather has enabled Ken to catch up on some outdoor tasks – chimney cleaning, opening up spots in the field for green manures, etc.  We took a morning off – together ! – to pick up some grain for the animals.  It was …

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Winter Squash in Racks

Ken likes to wait for frost to harvest winter squash for two reasons: the vines and leaves die back so the squash is easier to find, and many people believe a frost hardens the shell and sweetens the flavor.   Ken got two loads of squash in the yard.  I got the onions and garlic out of the racks and he put the squash into the racks.

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, tomatoes, peppers, red onions and leeks, and herbs. Field Notes.  We had frost, so Ken has brought in the winter squash and set it on the racks – temporary storage until it is so cold we move it inside for the winter Yesterday Ken moved both portable coops.  I helped him catch some turkeys to clip wings – …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, beets, peppers, onions or leeks, greens, daikon radish, sweet potatoes and herbs Field Notes.  Ken has started in on fall tasks – he tilled the area where garlic will planted.       He has started the preparation for moving the mobile high tunnel over the fall greens.       and expanded the pig area. He is crossing items off that to do …

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