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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Preserving Peaches Many Different Ways

Ken loves peaches so this year we ordered boxes of organic peaches to enjoy all year.         First a few were ripe so I made jam.  The large jars are apple juice from the steam juicer       Then I froze some         And today I canned one large batch and then a smaller batch to use up the syrup I had.       Then I tried …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, basil, beans, carrots, and parsley     Field Notes.  Planting, mulching, and harvesting continue.  As the days shorten this becomes more of a juggling act!  Ken picks several crops like tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, etc several times a week; that takes a chunk of time.  He spent part of Sunday making next year’s compost.   In the midst of all this I …

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Summer Recipe Ideas: Cucumber Salad and Cole Slaw

Most years we have a lettuce gap during the heat of the summer.  During this brief time I focus on the many other salad options. For a cucumber salad we have found that a combination using small seeded cucumbers, breaking the skin and salting results in “burpless” digestible side dish.  Asians often salt sliced vegetables to alter the green flavor of chlorophyll and enhance the vegetables’ sweetness. First I take rinsed cucumbers and run a …

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Tomatoes – One of those Love Hate Relationships

Although I love tomatoes, there is one part of me that dreads tomato season.   I find selling tomatoes challenging.  We grow tomatoes for flavor, texture, and thin skins.  They are wonderful.       Many people want a perfect looking tomato that is perfectly ripe.  One can determine ripeness by rolling a tomato in one’s hand and feeling its firmness or ripeness.  Many people pinch tomatoes and a couple days later bruises appear – these …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, beets, chard, zucchini, cucumbers, green peppers, beans, Walla Walla sweet onions, and parsley.     Field Notes.  Ken has been transplanting fall crops.  We dug the garlic and it is curing on racks.  Ken keeps up with weekly tasks like tying up tomatoes. Fun fact: Daylight shortens three minutes each day during August.  Several cultures have a harvest holiday in August; In old Celtic …

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Putting Food By – Freezing Beans and Broccoli

Summer’s bounty can extend through the year with a minimum of work.  Gardeners and farmers know crops taste best in season, but freezing or canning food at its peak is nearly as good.  I take time when we have enough extra to freeze and can “treats” for later use.  Today I blanched and froze beans and broccoli. First I nip the ends off the beans Then place them in boiling water.  I usually watch for …

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