Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, celery, cucumber, zucchini, onions, garlic, carrots, melon, basil and parsley Filed Notes.  Ken is always thinking ahead! Monday he started moving chicks and chickens.  He has several batches of chicks at varying ages.  He is making room for the newer hens in one of the portable coops.  The young roosters – cockerels – will go in the north coop.  He has moved the larger …

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Pesto

Both Ken and I like pesto.  Depending on what green herb we have in good supply Ken may make basil – parsley, or dill  or cilantro or a blend.  Yesterday he started with basil       and parsley – this is an Italian flat leaf variety         He cleaned garlic and ran the green herbs and garlic through the food processor with olive oil. He packs jars, tops with some olive …

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Turkey Chicks – if you can see them

For a few years now Ken has been working with a heritage breed of turkeys.  It has been a real challenge.  They really are closer to wild and would prefer to roost high in trees and hatch out a clutch in tall grass and get outside the fence and roam.  Even with Oscar on duty there have been losses.   This year we seem to have a good mom; she is keeping the bunch together …

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Here a Chick, There a Chick…

Ken has been perfecting his broody hen management this season.  The result has been several hatches of chicks.  At first he put them together, but it seemed the older ones were picking on the younger ones.  So now he has several small outside enclosures with chicken wire and fiberglass fence posts.     There are the tiny chicks               There are the chicks that a renegade hen hatched out …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, kohlrabi, onions, garlic, peppers, sweet corn, parsley, and basil. Field Notes.  The tsunami of tomatoes has crested; early varieties are about done.  Later varieties are still going strong.  It has been an interesting season – cooler nights meant later hot weather crops and heavy dew meant more work to prevent molds, fungus and blights.  Ken has moved up those seedlings pictured last …

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By Labor Day Pigs Become Hogs

The decades old expression here is, “By Labor Day the pigs become hogs.”  We have raised feeder pigs for decades.  They are a great help on a small farm.  Each year Ken has a tilling project so he grazes them sequentially.  On any given year they might expand a garden space, dig out the quack grass outside the garden, or clear a fence line.     They eat garden culls and many things people won’t …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, cucumber, zucchini, kohlrabi, lettuce, basil and parsley.   Field Notes.  People often wonder what I mean when I say nearly every week that planting continues.  Well this week I have a photo of several of the fall greens.  Ken finds that in August it is often easier to start greens indoors where he can regulate temperature and moisture.  Another advantage of transplanting …

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Steam Juicing Culled Apples

When growing food, one always has some less than perfect fruit or vegetables.  With apples some drop, some have flaws, some have insect damage or bruised portions.  Once an apple has hit the ground, I steam juice it.  Cooking apples in a steam juicer will pasteurize them.  Of course we also make fresh apple juice from other culled apples.   Processing apples in the steam juicer takes one and a half hours of cooking time.  …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, celery, lettuce, cucumber, zucchini, onions. garlic. kale, corn, basil, and apples       Field Notes.  Ken is getting the short season fall crops in now.  The long season fall crops are doing well.  He got the year’s compost mixed for next season.  And in his spare time it’s mowing, weeding, and harvesting.  Weeds that aren’t mowed will drop seeds for a new crop …

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Canning Peaches

Ken loves stone fruit like cherries and peaches.  They top the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list of food with high pesticide residues, so I only buy organic.  Last year a friend got a couple boxes she had ordered; there was extra so I got some.  This year I begged her to order some for me.   Ken loves canned peaches, and people often ask how do I can peaches.  First make a syrup.  This …

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