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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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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Recipe Idea – Greens Like Arugula, Kale, Chard

Here at Keppers we emphasize greens.  We usually have lettuce and salad greens, braising and cooking greens and green fresh herbs. This week we have arugula, an Italian cool weather favorite with a peppery flavor.  We like it in salads.  I like to add it to cooked beets with a sour cream or yogurt dressing and some toasted walnuts or pecans; the sweet earthy beets pair nicely with the fresh pungent arugula, and the nuts …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, kale, arugula, French breakfast radishes, green onions, garlic scapes, snap peas, carrots, parsley, strawberries, and the last of the asparagus.     Field Notes.  Ken is wrapping up asparagus season with weeding and mulching the beds with the assistance of his faithful helper, Oscar the dog!  The plant shoots will grow and send energy to the roots for next year’s crop.  One of the most …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad mix, braising greens, beets or carrots, asparagus, radishes, herbs, snap peas and strawberries Field Notes.  Ken has been vigilant about keeping the growing spaces cultivated.  After the rain, once it is dry enough he is out with either the wheel hoe or hand cultivator.  He has also been planting – cabbage for fall is now in the garden.  And he is weeding and mulching …

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Freezing Asparagus

Each year there is a time between the first flush and last frenzied sales of asparagus when I find there is enough for me to set aside to freeze.  Why freeze asparagus? I agree it is better fresh.  But asparagus is a magic tonic food for kidneys.  Each winter I take some frozen asparagus out of the freezer and make cream of asparagus soup. It is a real energy booster when we feel blah. Freezing …

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Peas – An Early Summer Favorite

Early each spring Ken plants snap peas.  Once he has cultivated and weeded a couple times, I help him put up the pea fence.       Then they bloom and set fruit.  Snap peas are a edible pod variety.  Just snap off the stem end and pull any “string”  that has grown along the edge.       Snap peas can be eaten raw or blanched for salads, pasta dishes, stir fry; they are …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad greens, baby brassica greens, green onions, garlic scapes, radishes, herbs, asparagus, and strawberries. Field Notes.  Sunday we got rain!  It had been dry, and Ken put off irrigating in garden and field when he heard we could get up to 2 inches.  He is still irrigating greenhouses as needed.  Prior to Sunday’s rain he was racing around getting all he could done before the …

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