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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Green Manures – Rye

Ken works to keep soil covered.  He often says, “Naked soil is dying soil.”  He means that either mulch or green manures will maintain moderate soil temperatures to promote microbial life, prevent erosion, add nutrients, – so many things!  Ken often mulches.  He also likes to plant green manures.     What are green manures?  It is a crop intended to promote soil health rather than a crop to be harvested.  Green manures are often …

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