Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad mix, asparagus tips, green onions, chives, radishes, and herbs- probably dill. Field Notes.    Ken has transplanted the tomatoes and peppers inside the mobile high tunnel.  He has also been busy transplanting in the garden – onions and brassica family. After the torrential rain – 2 1/2 inches in less than an hour (nearly 6 inches total), Ken had some places where soil was …

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Recipe Ideas for Braising Greens

Spring greens also include some stronger flavored greens.  In Asia and Europe cooks work to provide the bitter flavor as part of any meal.  In America we usually avoid it.  In Europe folks buy bitter tonics as a digestive and spring tonic.  In Japan every meal we were served had a sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (savory or brothy).    Here we currently offer chicory and turnip greens.  we have offered dandelion greens.  Each …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s box has greens – lettuce, salad mix, spinach, wild mustard, green onions, chives, potatoes, celery root, beets, and herbs. Field Notes.  Ken has been planting and transplanting:  his nursery inside the mobile high tunnel, his pepper and tomato plants in the germination cabinet, and the onion seedlings.  He has also been cleaning up the greenhouse in the field; perennial crops have perennial weeds.  And to avoid any possible boredom, …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has the last of the summer tomatoes, peppers, onions or leeks, garlic, sweet potatoes, winter squash, potatoes, salad and braising greens, radishes, and parsley. Field Notes.  Monday morning Ken made a wooden box trap for voles.  Voles can move into a green house and wipe out an entire crop.  Think of it – a warm place to live and a salad bar to boot!    A well …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, onions or leeks, garlic, salad and braising greens, sweet potatoes, squash, and herbs.     Field notes.  This unusually warm weather has enabled Ken to catch up on some outdoor tasks – chimney cleaning, opening up spots in the field for green manures, etc.  We took a morning off – together ! – to pick up some grain for the animals.  It was …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, tomatoes, peppers, red onions and leeks, and herbs. Field Notes.  We had frost, so Ken has brought in the winter squash and set it on the racks – temporary storage until it is so cold we move it inside for the winter Yesterday Ken moved both portable coops.  I helped him catch some turkeys to clip wings – …

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Fall Plantings

Ken plants all season.  This week he has been transplanting fall greens.  Here are some in the garden         He has been clearing space, and preparing other beds for late season crops as well.  He pulled the sunflowers and gave the seed heads to the chickens to enjoy before the rodents ate them! Ken likes to wait a bit before planting so he can rake or cultivate.  This gives the plants a …

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