Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has fresh greens – braising and salad, parsnips, gobo, beets, carrots, onions, and fresh herb.       Field Notes.  Pepper plants are looking good.  Tomatoes have been planted.  Onion seedlings are hardening off in the greenhouse.  Ken set up a hoopette for early roots and has planted peas.    I am trying to get my loom warped before I move out doors.  I start cleaning and pricing …

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Egg Season – Ideas

Spring is egg season.  There is a reason the Easter Bunny is carrying a basket of eggs.  And it is the time of year when one has extra eggs to color or dye.       My birthday is in March.   Ken makes me a souffle.         Most years I start with omelettes as we also have fresh spinach this time of year.  Then when we have a social event I make …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has salad mix, spinach, turnip greens, freshly dug parsnips and gobo, carrots, potato onions, potatoes, and fresh herbs Field Notes.  Ken is a busy guy: cleaning up, bed prep and planting.  The peppers are coming up in the germination chamber and next he plants tomatoes.  And there are other spring tasks.  I volunteered to clean the stationary chicken coops so Ken can place broody hens and a clutch …

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Spring Tasks – Cleaning the Coops

One of the many spring tasks is cleaning out coops.  Although we use two portable coops most of the time, the older stationary coops are great spaces for broody hens, tiny chicks, and pesty young cockerels.  This year I volunteered to take on the task.  Fist Ken got me set us with open windows, doors and tools.  As I filled first cart and then wheelbarrow, Ken  shuttled them to the compost pile. Then we had …

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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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Greens from the Mobile High Tunnel

Each year Ken has early greens from hoopettes or greenhouses.  We always celebrate this move from the germination cabinet’s shoots and winter salad mix to the green house.  The spinach is usually the first to pop up.         Ken picks leaf by leaf for a multiple harvest per plant at first.  Later he will pull out the whole plants to thin and then as they fill in the spaces, whole larger plants …

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Chicken Population Reduction Day

Usually we have some late hatch cockerels that are too small to butcher in fall.  So we watch them and the weather and when everything comes together it is “chicken population reduction day.”  We also take out some older hens so there are enough birds to make the preparation and process worth it. Just before I left to visit my parents we butchered 20 chickens.  Here is a photo of the final step of the …

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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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And from the freezer – Asparagus for Cream of Asparagus Soup

Each year I freeze some vegetables.  In winter it is nice to have a taste of summer in the form of frozen berries or sweet corn or bell peppers, etc.  I freeze a couple quart bags of blanched, chopped asparagus.  Why?  It makes GREAT cream of asparagus soup in February.  Asparagus is considered a tonic for kidneys. Saute onion, add soup stock, herbs like thyme and tarragon and thawed asparagus. Run through blender, processor or …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This CSA box has greens, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots, beets, squash, and parsley. Field Notes.  Ken did get into the green house and started cleaning, clearing and getting ready to plant  The weather has been unseasonably warm. Rather than celebrating we are wary.  for the past two years Ken has lost his grape crop.    Warm nights above freezing often sets plants in gear and if they are flowering or setting …

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