Bringing in More Crops for Winter

This fall has been warm.  The root cellar is now cool and the crops need to come out of the fields and into the yard.  We cover them with tarps as I fill the root cellar for winter. Here is this year’s winter kohlrabi, rutabagas, and cabbage.  Thank you, Suzanne for all your help.

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Onions and Squash Still Outside.

The onions and squash are still outside curing.  Ken has created an insulated space for the onions using hay bales and the ground heat.  We then covered the onions with plywood and tarp.        The squash is in the racks with a tarp to keep it out of the wind and a light to provide heat to maintain temperature above freezing.         Once it gets really cold and the house …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, lettuce, braising greens, salad turnips, bok choy, onions or leeks, garlic, squash, carrots, and herbs Field Notes.  The forecast looks like fall is finally here.  The wide temperature variations have presented challenges for all farmers.  Temperatures in the 80’s and rain make it tough  to bring the onions and squash into the 75 degree house!  Now we will harvest the end of the more tender …

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Getting in the Squash

Each year near the first frost I get the onions that have been curing on the racks off the racks in time to put the winter squash on the racks to cure.  Ken picked all the squash up, stacked in piles and got into tubs.  He hauled the tubs by the racks for me.  He looked tired!     Then I teased him for a photo and he perked up!           …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has lettuce, mixed mustard, salad turnips, carrots, winter squash, onions or leeks, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs       Field Notes.  The big dig has begun!  Each year we await a light frost and then Ken gets digging and harvesting.  Carrots and winter squash taste sweeter if they have been in the field for colder weather. While Ken is harvesting from the garden, I am cutting tops …

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Root Cellaring

Yes, we can eat local produce year around!  Our grandparents had root cellars.  They stored fruits and roots and jars of preserved food so they could eat what they grew throughout the year in a cold climate.  We have a root cellar.  In addition to things like jars of tomato sauce, applesauce, and pressure canned soup stock, we store vegetables in a barrel in sand.    We have found the vegetables keep better in sand.  …

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Sorting and Cleaning Onions

Each year as Ken harvests onions, we place them on racks to cure.   Here is the rack of curing onions.         Once we need the space for winter squash, I pull dried tops and rob off dirt, and sort onions by size.         The dried tops go to compost or chicken bedding               Empty racks ready for squash           …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, potatoes, peppers, radicchio,  a mustard green mix, kale or chard,  parsley, and grapes       Field Notes.   As I draft this Monday morning frost is forecast. Frost signals the end of a few crops – basil for example.  This afternoon I will close up the greenhouses and it will be a question of how cold for how long.  Frost also signals …

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Recipe Ideas: Radicchio and Salad Turnips

This week we have two less common items available – radicchio and hakurei turnips. We grow a Treviso type of radicchio.  It looks like a white spined red Romaine, but it ISN’T lettuce.  It is an Italian green with a stronger, slightly bitter green flavor.  I tend to roll leaves and cut in thin ribbons to add to salad as an accent.  I saute it with onions.  Some people grill it.  We had some delicious …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, potatoes, salad turnips, red radishes, beet thins, carrots, cucumbers and/or zucchini and herbs Field Notes.  No frost yet!  Usually by this time we have had at least a nip of frost.  Soon we will start the “big dig” and getting roots in the root cellar for the winter.  Ken is still picking all those summer crops and clearing space.  Once we have …

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