Preserving the Harvest – Jam

This time of year as the tsunami of produce arrives, it is time to think of the future in addition to the present.  Preserving that summer bounty is crucial to eating year around local food.  In addition to freezing berries and this year, peaches, I also make jam. Our jam is maximum fruit with minimum sugar, and pectin.  I searched for the recipe that gave me the least amount of cooking time and additional ingredients.  …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, onions, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini,  eggplant, garlic, cabbage. greens, parsley, and basil           Field Notes Ken has been cultivating adding compost and mulch to the area next to the mobile high tunnel.  This will add organic matter and fertility when the tunnel is moved to that location.  He has also been planting, weeding, and of course, picking.  either of us need …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, potatoes, radishes, eggplant, zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, onions, garlic, greens, parsley, and basil. Field Notes.  Ken had a weekend off!  This year we each are trying to take some time for other things to avoid burn out.  It is one of the more difficult times of the year on a farm;  it is easy to focus on the farm’s needs and forget what the people need …

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Summer’s Bounty

Summer is the time of great fresh produce.  We currently have tomatoes, onions, garlic, zucchini, cucumbers, carrots, beets, green onions, parsley, basil and more.  

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, beets, bok choy, green onions, celery, cukes and zucchini, snap peas, and green beans. Field Notes.  The hot weather crops are starting to produce!  People are asking for them, but with the beautiful cool nights we have had they are a bit slower to ripen than most years.  We usually have a couple red tomatoes by July 4th, but they are just …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, Carrots, snap peas, herbs, green onions, the first of the potatoes, beans, and green top Walla Walla onions Field Notes.  The key words for the week are green manures and mulch!  Ken is nearly done mulching.  And he has green manures coming up all over – field to the former flower garden!   Last weekend Ken traveled to the Mother Earth News …

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Mulching Continues – Nearly Done

Ken has been mulching! Why?  Mulch has many advantages over open soil – lowers weed pressure, moderates soil temperatures to promote microbial life, adds organic matter and fertility to the soil. We have used several different mulches.  When we first met we would let the area around the yard grow, Ken would mow with a sickle mower, I would rake and we’d pile the trailers and unload onto the field. For several years we got …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, garlic scapes, green onions, snap peas, beets or carrots, European turnips, herbs, the last of the asparagus   Field Notes.  Green manures and mulch.  Ken is juggling the usual sequential plantings of greens, tying up tomatoes, irrigating the greenhouses, cultivating with a push to get areas either planted with green manures or mulched.  Green manures are like living mulch – they lessen …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, herbs, garlic scapes, green onions, snap peas, carrots or beets, asparagus, and strawberries. Field Notes.  Ken has started mulching.  First he cultivates, then pulls any larger weeds, then spreads mulch to cover the soil – it keeps soil temperatures moderate to promote microbial life in the soil, and it lowers weed pressure.  Ken tries to keep soil covered with either mulch or …

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Mulching Has Begun

Once the bulk of the planting is done, and the heat of summer arrives, Ken starts  mulching.  Some years the weather is such that Ken focuses on planting green manures rather than mulch; most years he does a lot of both.  With the season forecast as hot and dry Ken will focus more on mulch this year,  He ALWAYS plants some green manures, but it is difficult to get green manures established in heat – …

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