Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, bok choy, green onions, radishes, beans, cabbage, zucchini, broccoli, anise hyssop and thyme. Field Notes Temperature fluctuations are extreme this week; we had a sweltering day Saturday and a cool easy to work day Sunday.  The temperature spread was about thirty degrees. This is stressful on the plants and animals (and farmers).  We are hoping for more moderate temperature swings. Ken has been wheel …

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Juicing Bush Cherries

Ken planted some bush cherries, called Nanking Cherries, that he got from the county Land Water Department.  Cherries are often listed as an alternative remedy for arthritis and gout!  With no side effects and as one of Ken’s favorite fruits we always have some juice on hand   Nanking cherries are a small fruit with large pit so I steam juice them and can the juice in quart jars for Ken The steam juicer has …

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Recipe Ideas Bok Choy

Bok choy, a member of the cabbage family is available just before cabbage forms heads.  It is the original ingredient in chop suey.  I often use it in a stir fry as either  or a side dish or with meat and rice. Today’s midday meal was a side salad, a bok choy stir fry, reheated white rice, and a pork stir fry.  I set up some small dishes and start chopping.  First onion     …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has summer spinach, chard, kale, mixed brassica greens, beet thins, bok choy, green onions, rutabagas, and herbs – parsley and marjoram and the last of the strawberries     Field Notes.  Ken has been planting and weeding.  He plants some crops like greens throughout the season.  Others like peppers he plants and transplants once. As the plants grow he keeps the plants ahead of the weeds so …

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Ken’s Fourth Batch of Chicks This Season

We have hens for eggs.  In the past we did a combination of buying day old chicks and encouraging broody hens to hatch out a clutch of chicks.  A few years back the price of day old chicks straight run (a mixture of male and females – it’s cheaper) rose to nearly $4 per chick!  Ken got serious about setting up a successful breeding situation.  Last summer he had a series of batches of chicks …

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Beans are blooming – I shall be picking soon

Green beans mean summer!  First they bloom, then they have tiny fruit – what Ken calls rat tails, and these grow into the pods I will pick       Once I see blossoms I start checking for tiny pods – today I saw the first one!  In a couple weeks we will have beans for sale.

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Sunday Evenings in the Garden with Folk Music!

Ken has a set of radio headphones.  He really enjoys folk music, so most Sundays he sets them for Wisconsin Public Radio’s Simply Folk show and heads out to garden or field.        This week he is going through the walkways in the garden with his wheel hoe         It is a two handled tool that has one wheel and various attachments – one has tines one has a pointed …

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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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Happy July 4th!

Best Wishes for July 4th to one and all.  Here is a flower that Ken thinks looks like fireworks.  Bee balm or monarda. (I think it looks like court jesters, but that may just be the theatre major in me)

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