More Recipes: Sofrito and Beet Pepper Soup

This season we have a great crop of beautiful ripe peppers.  I chopped and froze (no blanching) some for future use.  At Ken’s request I made some ripe pepper jam, and today I made sofrito.  Sofrito is a combination of vegetables that are cooked slowly with fat or oil to reduce moisture and preserve color and flavor.  What started as two cast iron skillets of onions, peppers and some garlic became four small freezer jam …

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Ken’s cheese and corn bake

On Wednesdays Ken harvests vegetables and brings them to the tubs and I clean, sort and box them up for the CSA members and the on line orders.  Once he has harvested he cooks our lunch.  Often he takes the culled vegetables – not cute, but still fine – and uses them.  This week in addition to apple pie and tomato sauce, he made an interesting bake.  A couple weeks ago he made pancakes with …

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Fall Plantings

Ken plants all season.  This week he has been transplanting fall greens.  Here are some in the garden         He has been clearing space, and preparing other beds for late season crops as well.  He pulled the sunflowers and gave the seed heads to the chickens to enjoy before the rodents ate them! Ken likes to wait a bit before planting so he can rake or cultivate.  This gives the plants a …

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Pollinators

Pollinators are crucial to a garden.  About a third of our food requires pollination.  Think of all those flowering plants that produce a “fruit” for us to eat – peas, beans, cucumbers, squash, melons, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, apples, plums, raspberries, strawberries, etc     Ken keeps honey bees, and we encourage all pollinators.  We try to have something blooming for them .  Now the anise hyssop is blooming.         It is a …

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Eggplant – One recipe idea

We raise eggplant.  Ken often combines eggplant with other summer vegetables like onions, pepper, garlic, tomatoes, and tops with cheese for a bake.       I was looking for a new eggplant recipe and tried this.  Slice and salt eggplant;         they will weep so you can absorb some moisture in a towel         Season some bread crumbs in a flat dish and beat an egg in a …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, cukes, peppers, onions, garlic, beans, beets, greens and lettuce. Field Notes.  Ken transplanted fall greens.  Ken starts them , moves up to 2″ soil blocks and then transplants to the garden. This means more time in that garden space for other things and more importantly transplanting a small seedling in a clean bed gives the plant a decided edge over the weeds. Ken is …

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A Break from the Produce

A few days ago Ken needed a break.  He started a building project; he is taking a very old cart and converting it to a portable chicken coop.  I also needed a break from produce work; I love tomatoes and peppers, but I have sorted many this season… So, I headed upstairs to a loom that has about enough warp for one more rug.  I was experimenting with two different warps to figure out how …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, peppers, eggplant, onions, garlic, carrots or beets, greens, beans, and basil.           Field Notes.  Ken has been pulling crops as they become less productive so he can make room for later crops.  He got beds ready for fall greens, and will transplant in the next few days.  He likes to let the beds rest and then rake any weeds …

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Ripe Pepper Jam

It is a great pepper year here! After Ken had started the pepper seed, we had an opportunity to participate in a U W Madison seed trial program, and there were some great peppers in the trials – in addition to our usual excellent varieties.  I froze a couple batches of chopped peppers for later use.  Then Ken requested I make a red pepper jam.  So I checked the internet and found two very similar …

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Preparing Beds for Fall

Ken is constantly planting from February through November.  This week he pulled out the determinate tomatoes in the garden and some summer squash  plants.       Then he started mulching and preparing the beds for fall crops –         Then Ken ran the wheel hoe through the beds           and added compost           Finally Ken spread out the compost, and now he will …

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