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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Jammin’ and Winin’

The pork was ready at the locker so I organized the freezers.  I had enough fruit to make some jam and wine.  Here are two blackberry and raspberry combo batches, one batch of raspberry, and a small test batch of black currant jelly.  I started wine from the culled fruit – a batch of raspberry, a blackberry, a currant and an elderberry.  They are in closed buckets and soon I will move them to gallon …

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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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Ripe Pepper Jam

It is a great pepper year here! After Ken had started the pepper seed, we had an opportunity to participate in a U W Madison seed trial program, and there were some great peppers in the trials – in addition to our usual excellent varieties.  I froze a couple batches of chopped peppers for later use.  Then Ken requested I make a red pepper jam.  So I checked the internet and found two very similar …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, carrots, onions, garlic, eggplant, cabbage, greens, basil, parsley, and cilantro Field Notes.  Ken has been harvesting!  And he is planting fall crops as well.  He has been mulching and composting and preparing the soil where the mobile tunnel will move for late fall and winter. From the Kitchen.  I am moving into preserving mode.    Last week I made jams and froze ripe …

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