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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Ken’s New System in the Pottery Studio

Ken built himself a shelf for all his pottery tools.  He has several odd pieces he uses to make textured pots, and sling like trays for creating trays like the botanical imprints.           He has been using a shelving unit and counter we bought decades ago when a store closed.  It worked, but this shelf will work better for Ken. And he plans to move the old unit to his wood …

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Laundry in Winter

We are low tech here whenever possible.  For laundry Ken runs a wringer washer while I hang the clothes on the lines.  In winter we wait for a sunny day.        The clothes freeze on the line.  They are “boardy” and stiff.  After a while they become limp and that means the moisture is out.  Once they get past the boardy stage I bring them in by the cook stove on a bar …

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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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Oscar’s Winter Quarters

Dogs and Cats live outside here.  They are an integral part of the team: cats eat mice and voles when they are on the move at night, and the dog keeps nocturnal animals like deer and raccoons away from the garden and poultry.     Ken creates a winter dog house of straw or hay bales for lots of insulation from cold and wind.  The space is small so Oscar’s body heat keeps it warm.  …

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Chickens Arrive in Winter Quarters

After the last harvest on November 16th we saw that cold weather was coming.  One of Ken’s late fall tasks is to move the hens into the garden for the winter.        This year he has two groups of hens, and they seem happier in their respective coops, so he moved both portable coops to the garden.  He also moved a portable structure I call teh hog hilton into the garden for the …

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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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Eggs Have a Season – It is Spring

Each year around this time I start getting frantic requests for eggs.  Some people have discovered how much better real eggs are, some have lost their source, and some have stepped up their egg use with holiday cooking and baking. Eggs, like all food, have a season.  Eggs, like all food, vary in quality.  Once a person has eaten a tomato from a healthy plant grown in great soil during peak season…..  The same is …

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