Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad and braising greens like beet thins, endive, and Napa cabbage, the last of spinach, asparagus, sun chokes, green onions, radishes, herbs, and the first of the snap peas.       Field Notes. This is one the year’s busiest times for Ken.  He is juggling so many things: planting the sequential crops like lettuce, planting the last of the “full season” crops like potatoes, …

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Freezing Spinach

The spinach season varies each year with weather.  Spinach, like most greens, does best in cool damp weather.  With the sharp weather changes in spring, there is a time when the plant leaves get thinner and smaller as the plant starts to shift energy from making leaves to producing seed.  When growers say bolt, this is what they mean.  The plant has shifted its energy, and it is only a matter of time until the …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad and braising greens, Napa cabbage, green onions, radishes, herbs, and asparagus. Field Notes.  Ken has been juggling tasks around rain.  After a couple days of dry weather he gets out and cultivates the garden, field, and around the mobile high tunnel. Once we got the last of the perennial flowers out of the loop on the drive, Ken moved the hens down near …

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Freezing Asparagus

Each year about this time I start freezing green vegetables for winter.  This week I froze some asparagus.  Asparagus is a great boost to kidney function – like a cleanse.  I like to make cream of asparagus soup in the winter when we start to feel sluggish.  When friends come who do not eat dairy, I use oats as a creamy thickener instead – an old trick of Ken’s     I blanch most vegetables …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, spinach, salad and braising greens,  beet thins, onions, radishes, potatoes, sun chokes, herbs – cilantro, oregano and marjoram, and asparagus Field Notes.  Spring is a busy time on the farm.  The rain was welcome; it meant crops that had been standing still were able to pop!  It also meant new weeds could germinate and Ken vigilantly got out once it got dry enough and started …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has greens – lettuce, spinach, salad and braising greens, beet thins, potatoes, parsnips, sun chokes, onions and potato onions, cilantro, dill, and asparagus Field Notes.  Ken has been busy on several fronts – mowing rye in the field, cultivating established beds, planting in field, transplanting by the mobile high tunnel and garden.  Spring is a busy time Often I am in the house preparing meals or helping …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has greens – lettuce, spinach, salad and braising greens, parsnips, sun chokes, potatoes, cilantro, and asparagus. Field Notes.  Whew!  We had 80+ degrees one day and under freezing a couple nights later.  It was a bit shocking.  Some pepper and tomato plants got nipped inside the green house, and Ken will replace them.  we are watching the fruit  – last year we lost several apples and most …

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Sunday Salad Supper

Spring on the farm is… BUSY.  Ken left after mid day meal to go do field work in preparation for planting over the next couple days.  He had no idea when he would be in for supper.  I have been doing spring cleaning and wrapping up weaving, and then I realized he might be in any time so I made three salads for suppers.  First is a radish salad.  I scrub, slice and salt the …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has greens – lettuce, spinach, salad and braising greens, cilantro, parsnips, sun chokes, onions and potato onions, potatoes, and asparagus. Field Notes. The big news this week is the first picking of asparagus! Now Ken will be out every other day picking. We will be watching the weather; asparagus does not take a frost. If it freezes it becomes inedible. If you get short spears they were …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has greens – lettuce, spinach, sorrel, arugula, and potatoes, onions, garlic, parsnips, sun chokes. Field Notes. Ken is planting and transplanting and cultivating. Saturday night he transplanted onions while he listened to Garrison Keillor on his radio ear phones.   Sunday night he cultivated to Wisconsin public radio’s Simply Folk show. And today he is preparing for the arrival of piglets. Pigs are useful four legged tillers. …

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