Sorting and Cleaning Onions

Each year as Ken harvests onions, we place them on racks to cure.   Here is the rack of curing onions.         Once we need the space for winter squash, I pull dried tops and rob off dirt, and sort onions by size.         The dried tops go to compost or chicken bedding               Empty racks ready for squash           …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has cabbage, kohlrabi, potatoes, green peppers, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, onions, and parsley   Field Notes.  Ken got a new area set up for the pigs, and we moved them Friday.   Ken is also irrigating green houses, planting fall crops, and more.  The soil is dry, but I am careful what I wish for – some friends  just got six inches of rain!   Ken checked his …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, squash, carrots, parsley, salad mix, and the first spinach from the mobile high tunnel! Field Notes.  The days are getting longer and we look toward next season.  Ken has planted t onion seed – the first of the full season crops.  This starts a succession of seed plantings and shifting from warm germination chamber to sunny window, to outside with protection to transplant.  And the …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has squash, onions, garlic, beets, carrots, potatoes, braising and salad greens, spinach. Field Notes.  Transition time is here!  Ken has planted the first full season crop – onions and celery and celery root.  This starts the succession of plantings Meanwhile in the greenhouse we have spinach, some lettuce, turnip greens and chicory.  Time to wrap up making pots and head outside! From the Kitchen.  Here too, we are …

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Onion Seed Pops

Each year Ken plants onion seeds in February.  When they come up, they are bent.  And then like a magical green Rockettes kick line, they unfold.   This, our first full season crop planting signals spring is coming.  It makes me smile to see those onion shoots boing open each year.  I am grateful – for the onion, for Ken, and for the lengthening days.

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More Recipes: Sofrito and Beet Pepper Soup

This season we have a great crop of beautiful ripe peppers.  I chopped and froze (no blanching) some for future use.  At Ken’s request I made some ripe pepper jam, and today I made sofrito.  Sofrito is a combination of vegetables that are cooked slowly with fat or oil to reduce moisture and preserve color and flavor.  What started as two cast iron skillets of onions, peppers and some garlic became four small freezer jam …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, cukes, peppers, onions, garlic, beans, beets, greens and lettuce. Field Notes.  Ken transplanted fall greens.  Ken starts them , moves up to 2″ soil blocks and then transplants to the garden. This means more time in that garden space for other things and more importantly transplanting a small seedling in a clean bed gives the plant a decided edge over the weeds. Ken is …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini,  eggplant, garlic, cabbage. greens, parsley, and basil           Field Notes Ken has been cultivating adding compost and mulch to the area next to the mobile high tunnel.  This will add organic matter and fertility when the tunnel is moved to that location.  He has also been planting, weeding, and of course, picking.  either of us need …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has greens, radishes, potatoes, beans, tomatoes, scallions, carrots or beets, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, Walla Walla sweet onions, garlic, basil and parsley. Field Notes.  Ken has started harvesting onions – first the Walla Walla onions.  Next it will be the red onions, and then the storage onions.  Once he digs and pulls them he leaves them to dry.  Then he moves them to the racks and I help …

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Onion Harvest Starts with the Walla Walla Onions

Ken has begun harvesting onions.  He pulled the Walla Walla Sweet onions and set them to dry.  Then He loaded them up and brought them to the drying racks.  I helped him set them on the racks to cure. Walla Walla sweet onions is a variety from Walla Walla, Washington.  They are juicy and sweet, but don’t keep much past Halloween.  Every year when I start to use them in the kitchen, Ken accuses me …

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