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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Winter Returns – for Good!

Winter returned this week, and it looks like it is here for quite some time.  After a beautiful warm fall that forecast of -11 for a low on next Tuesday sounds pretty cold!       We got some snow, and Ken and I would like more.  the snow acts as an insulating blanket to slow the frost going deep into the ground.  One year we got early snow and the ground really did not …

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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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Root Cellar Done!

Each fall we fill the root cellar for winter sales and our own use.  This fall was so warm Ken has been harvesting later than usual and I have just finished getting some items in boxes and some roots buried in sand.  Damp towels keep crops moist.  Dry storage for squash and onions and garlic is upstairs in a dry cool corner       Now I move on to book keeping and seed orders.  …

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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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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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Last Day for Pigs

Monday evening Ken fed the pigs for the last time.         Tuesday morning, Election Day, was the last day for the pigs.  Early that morning Chris came and slaughtered on farm.  We believe in on farm slaughter as the animals appear to have no stress, and all waste stays on the farm.  We choose that time of year as the meat is processed before deer hunting season. Pigs here are a valuable …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  this week’s CSA box has freshly dug potatoes, sweet potatoes, squash, leeks or red onions, garlic, salad and braising greens, winter tomatoes, and herbs.     Field Notes.  The field is, unfortunately, too wet for Ken to use the tractor to dig the potatoes.  So, he is digging some every day by hand.  Today you get some freshly dug potatoes – when they taste best.  And let us know what you …

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Root Cellaring Begins!

Each fall we move produce from the field, sort and store several crops for winter use: potatoes, carrots, beets, radishes, kohlrabi, rutabagas in the root cellar, and squash, onions, and garlic in cool, dry storage.  Yesterday I started burying roots in sand.  We find they store best if taken from soil, trimmed and placed in barrels with sand as quickly as possible.  When we dig them out each winter harvest day they as close to …

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