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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Eggs Have a Season – It is Spring

Each year around this time I start getting frantic requests for eggs.  Some people have discovered how much better real eggs are, some have lost their source, and some have stepped up their egg use with holiday cooking and baking. Eggs, like all food, have a season.  Eggs, like all food, vary in quality.  Once a person has eaten a tomato from a healthy plant grown in great soil during peak season…..  The same is …

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Winter Came on a Friday This Year

After a beautiful unseasonably warm autumn, cold weather and icy precipitation arrived Friday.          Ken had been watching the weather and we went to the garden and covered some plants with fiber.         Ken set up a long hoopette over the fall carrot and beet crops.         Then as it neared dusk we changed hats and gloves and went to the mobile high tunnel.  We covered …

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Canning Stock

Once the pigs go to the locker, Ken and I make soup stock from the heads and feet.  I scrub the feet, and Ken starts the stock pot outside.  Once the meat is tender I pull it from the bones and return the bones and cartilage to the pot.  Then once the stock is done, Ken strains it and sets it outside so the fat rises.  The next morning I skim the fat and set …

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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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This Old Dog is Learning New Tricks!

Friday I took a social media marketing class. Although I can limp along on some venues, I wanted to learn the strengths of various options.  I also wanted to learn how to improve what I was already doing. I  enjoy posting quotes from various favorite authors.  Sometimes they echo my thoughts, and often they say it better than I would.  Judging by people’s reactions they also like when I post favorite quotes. I learned about …

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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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Leaves Wanted

Leaves form one part of Ken’s compost. Ken mixes several components; it all depends on what is available.  He always has poultry bedding, leaves, and hay or straw. Some years he has used horse manure, rabbit manure, and parts of lake bogs or weeds. He puts up his sign and people can bring leaves and empty bags for reuse or leave us leaves in the bags and Ken can use them that way.  Most people …

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