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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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, garlic, potatoes, peppers, radicchio,  a mustard green mix, kale or chard,  parsley, and grapes       Field Notes.   As I draft this Monday morning frost is forecast. Frost signals the end of a few crops – basil for example.  This afternoon I will close up the greenhouses and it will be a question of how cold for how long.  Frost also signals …

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Recipe Ideas: Radicchio and Salad Turnips

This week we have two less common items available – radicchio and hakurei turnips. We grow a Treviso type of radicchio.  It looks like a white spined red Romaine, but it ISN’T lettuce.  It is an Italian green with a stronger, slightly bitter green flavor.  I tend to roll leaves and cut in thin ribbons to add to salad as an accent.  I saute it with onions.  Some people grill it.  We had some delicious …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden! This week’s CSA box has tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, potatoes, salad turnips, red radishes, beet thins, carrots, cucumbers and/or zucchini and herbs Field Notes.  No frost yet!  Usually by this time we have had at least a nip of frost.  Soon we will start the “big dig” and getting roots in the root cellar for the winter.  Ken is still picking all those summer crops and clearing space.  Once we have …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, onions, garlic, potatoes, carrots or beets, and herbs Field Notes Ken cleared up areas of the garden and fields and transplanted several flats of greens since last week.  As the days shorten he fits in all the harvesting – there are still tomatoes, cukes, summer squash, and other crops that require regular and frequent picking.  With the heat he tends to get …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, zucchini, onions, garlic, parsley, and a new crop of winter kohlrabi       Field Notes.  Ken is clearing space.  He is clearing out crops and plants as they finish and making space for fall plantings of spring greens.  He is in planning mode as we get ready to move the mobile high tunnel off the tomatoes and onto fall greens.    …

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