Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, potatoes, peppers, radicchio, a mustard green mix, kale or chard, parsley, and grapes
Field Notes. As I draft this Monday morning frost is forecast. Frost signals the end of a few crops – basil for example. This afternoon I will close up the greenhouses and it will be a question of how cold for how long. Frost also signals beginnings. The winter squash is sweeter and keeps better if left in the field until it gets nipped by frost. When we harvested early last year due to requests, the squash was not as good. That meant people did not buy it and a lot went to chickens and pigs.
I have cleaned out the root cellar and now we will be able to maintain cool enough temperatures to store vegetables. Ken will start the big dig and I will be burying vegetables in sand. We have tried many storage techniques; roots buries in sand seems best.
From the Kitchen. Now is when I find myself lighting the oven. Ken usually makes a batch of lasagna and scalloped potatoes.
I have been juicing culled apples and now we have stewed apples and apple crisps from the last of the culls. Ken has been making a gingerbread on top of sliced apples, and zucchini bread too. The rest of the apples are in storage in the cooler. We have read that it is best to store apples separately from other produce.
‘Til Next Week, Judith and the Gang