Ken’s Sourdough Starters

Ken used to bake the bread in this house.  He had worked in a bakery.  So I contacted people for advice to care for his sour dough starters.         Today I decided to just give it a try.  First I got out the rye berries and rolled them         I added the sour dough starter           Then as Ken did, I added some whey.   …

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Asparagus in Winter

Each spring I freeze some asparagus.  Why?  In winter when I crave green food I make some creamed asparagus soup. For this batch I fried some onion, added stock, thyme, asparagus and some salt and pepper with a bit of lemon juice.  Then I ran batches through the blender.  It is nice to add a dollop of yogurt when serving

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has cabbage, onions, garlic, the last of the pumpkins, kohlrabi, rutabaga, carrots, beets, black radishes, and the last of the winter tomatoes. Field Notes.  As many of you already know my husband, Ken died on December 19, 2017.  Prior blog entries describe his illness and death and the obituary is posted as well.  This was a difficult harvest from the root cellar for me as I thought …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has onions, garlic, winter tomatoes, squash, the last of the sweet potatoes, winter kohlrabi, beets, and cabbage. Field Notes.  We are glad to see the snow; it will act as an insulating blanket and slow the descent of the frost into the ground.  It also provides a check against erosion and will provide moisture to the soil.  Seed inventory is done, and next we hit the seed catalogs.  …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has onions, garlic, winter squash, sweet potatoes, cabbage, celery root, carrots, black radishes, rutabagas, winter tomatoes, and greens Field Notes.  We have some greens in hoopettes in the garden, and we will see just how they do!  This has been a season of extremes – 80 in October and a low of 5 in early November and this week may see the 60’s!  Ken has moved poultry …

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Canning Pork Stock

Our pork is slaughtered on farm.  We find it means less stress for the animals, and the waste stays on the farm lungs and stomach to be fed to dog, lungs to the cat, and guts are composted.  Ken eats heart and tongue; I eat liver.  So, although we are not quite nose to tail, we work to respect the animal and use as much as we can and waste as little as we can. …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has pie pumpkins, garlic, onions, peppers – some hot, sweet potatoes, winter kohlrabi, Napa cabbage, greens and parsley. Field Notes.  As the prior blog entry indicates we have had a 70 degree temperature shift in three weeks.  October was unseasonably warm and last week was unseasonably cold.  We are working with and around the weather.  We need temperatures above freezing to harvest greens or they simply turn to …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has salad mix, braising mix, stuffing tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beets, winter squash, salad turnips, onions, garlic, and herbs       Field Notes.  The “Big Dig” as I call it is well upon us.  Spring and fall are the busiest times for a farm.  In spring it is planting and in fall it is harvest.  This year we have some help.  Last Tuesday it was beets, carrots, …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, lettuce, braising greens, salad turnips, bok choy, onions or leeks, garlic, squash, carrots, and herbs Field Notes.  The forecast looks like fall is finally here.  The wide temperature variations have presented challenges for all farmers.  Temperatures in the 80’s and rain make it tough  to bring the onions and squash into the 75 degree house!  Now we will harvest the end of the more tender …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has lettuce, mixed mustard, salad turnips, carrots, winter squash, onions or leeks, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, and herbs       Field Notes.  The big dig has begun!  Each year we await a light frost and then Ken gets digging and harvesting.  Carrots and winter squash taste sweeter if they have been in the field for colder weather. While Ken is harvesting from the garden, I am cutting tops …

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