Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This box has pie pumpkins, onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes, beets, celery root, parsley, and salad mix Field Notes.  Happy Ground Hog’s Day, Imbolc, St Brigid’s Day, St. Blaze, Candlemas – or whatever you may call it.  This midway point between solstice and equinox is when the days lengthen dramatically, the cold doesn’t last, and Ken starts monitoring temperatures in greenhouses.  We are in transition and can feel spring’s approach.   The …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  The box this week has salad mix, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, onions, garlic, carrots, and cabbage         Field Notes.  Ken continues planting for the salad mixes, and has been making pottery.  Soon he will start full season crops like onions and celery and parsley.  Then it will be one planting after the next.  Soon after that Ken will be seeding and transplanting in green houses.  This time of year …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has salad mix, cabbage, potatoes, winter tomatoes, onions, garlic, winter squash, carrots, and beets Field Notes.   Ken’s winter routine is to ski out to the greenhouses and check for deer and rodent damage.  Soon he will be checking the inside temperatures in  for planting! Ken continues planting in winter – he is planting greens for salad mix.  People ask why we don’t do shoots and micro greens year …

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Local Food in Winter

Tonight’s supper was comfort food to my New England roots.  Saute side pork or bacon and onion, add thyme and either clams or corn.  I also had some boiled cubed potatoes to add.  Add chicken or light soup stock,  milk and cream, salt and pepper to taste.      For the muffins I had masa from our dry corn, our lard, our eggs, and kefir from a friend’s milk.  The flour is locally milled.  It …

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Ken in the Kitchen

Sometime after Thanksgiving Ken spends some time in the kitchen.  He likes to make some seasonal and not so seasonal treats.  When I was organizing the freezers before I picked up the pork, I found some frozen cranberries.  We also had some cream cheese so Ken made a cranberry swirl cheesecake.  Did I mention he made the graham crackers for the crust?   Once the lard was rendered and we had cracklings (bits of fat …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box  has winter tomatoes, potatoes, onions, garlic, squash, sweet potatoes, carrots or beets, cabbage, and salad mix Field Notes.  Snow and cold.  It feels like winter has arrived in earnest.  And we are so glad to see the snow.  It insulates the ground so the frost doesn’t go down so deep so quickly and preserves the microbial life near the top – otherwise the microbes die or go …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, potatoes, winter tomatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, carrots or beets, onions or leeks, garlic, and herbs       Field Notes.  Well, We had an honest blast of cold after last harvest.  Ken and I covered greens in both garden and mobile high tunnel,       Ken got a hoopette over the carrots and beets, moved the chickens to winter quarters – …

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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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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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