Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has the last of the summer tomatoes, peppers, onions or leeks, garlic, sweet potatoes, winter squash, potatoes, salad and braising greens, radishes, and parsley. Field Notes.  Monday morning Ken made a wooden box trap for voles.  Voles can move into a green house and wipe out an entire crop.  Think of it – a warm place to live and a salad bar to boot!    A well …

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The Season of Rustling

The soundtrack of this time of year is that of rustling.  The remaining leaves on the trees rustle in the breeze. The leaves under foot rustle as Oscar and I walk through them to and from the field.  As I pick the last of the berries, the leaves on the cornstalks are rustling.  This is fall.

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, onions or leeks, garlic, salad and braising greens, sweet potatoes, squash, and herbs.     Field notes.  This unusually warm weather has enabled Ken to catch up on some outdoor tasks – chimney cleaning, opening up spots in the field for green manures, etc.  We took a morning off – together ! – to pick up some grain for the animals.  It was …

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Moving portable coops

Ken now has two portable coops.  Today he moved both.  First he moved the small coop east. Then he moved the large coop down on the west side of the drive       The hens have discovered the compost pile, and are raking through it for weed seeds and insects

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Winter Squash in Racks

Ken likes to wait for frost to harvest winter squash for two reasons: the vines and leaves die back so the squash is easier to find, and many people believe a frost hardens the shell and sweetens the flavor.   Ken got two loads of squash in the yard.  I got the onions and garlic out of the racks and he put the squash into the racks.

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, tomatoes, peppers, red onions and leeks, and herbs. Field Notes.  We had frost, so Ken has brought in the winter squash and set it on the racks – temporary storage until it is so cold we move it inside for the winter Yesterday Ken moved both portable coops.  I helped him catch some turkeys to clip wings – …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, beets, peppers, onions or leeks, greens, daikon radish, sweet potatoes and herbs Field Notes.  Ken has started in on fall tasks – he tilled the area where garlic will planted.       He has started the preparation for moving the mobile high tunnel over the fall greens.       and expanded the pig area. He is crossing items off that to do …

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Moving the Mobile High Tunnel Prep

Ken is getting ready to move the mobile high tunnel over the fall greens.  He has to clear out all the heat loving crops in the current location         He lays vines on the ground as he plans to move the hens into this space once the greenhouse is moved

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Pigs get new space

We view animals as an integral part of the team – chickens scratch out bugs and weed seeds.  Pigs clear and till spaces.              Ken recently added the east side of the garden to the pig area.  They are digging and clearing for him         As I approached they came to check me out.  Even at this size they can run!

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Fall Tasks – Garlic Prep

Ken cleared out the cucumber fence and prepared the area he will plant the garlic.  Now I need to sort out the seed garlic.

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