|Flowers for beneficial insects|
Field Notes. Work continues with an eye toward fall and winter. First we notice the days shorten, and now the nights are cooler. Ken says it feels more like most Septembers, not August. Last Thursday while Ken was at his monthly bee keepers meeting, I checked the weather report at 9 p.m. only to find the low was forecast at 37! I raced out (well, do I really race?) with a head lamp to shut the greenhouses before the temperature dropped below 50. The next morning was 41. The end of heat is coming - when, I do not know.
|Beans will not tolerate frost|
Ken continues planting, harvesting, and cultivating. He has nearly completed the mobile chicken coop. Then we will be moving and sorting birds, cleaning and winterizing coops. We look forward to increased egg production to answer demand. Thank you for your patience. And we appreciate the help from various people who helped Ken in the building process.
From the Kitchen. Canning tomatoes continues here. Last season Ken developed a system to separate juice from sauce early so the tomatoes are less cooked and caramelized for a lighter, brighter flavor. Ken is an efficient food processor, but I have taken over tomatoes so he can tackle building projects. But he continues to take charge of pickles. Most are cultured or lacto - fermented, like sauerkraut, not heat treated, so they contain probiotics. But he did make some wonderful eggplant pickles from a recipe off the internet. Josephine Caravetta's Pickled Eggplant Recipe.
With the cooler mornings I am moving into hot breakfast mode. Monday I started with chicken stock, added chopped onion, sliced cabbage, and corn cut from one ear of last night's corn. If I had eggs, I would have poached them in the soup, but Ken is saving out some for broody hens. So we had some toast with cheese I put under the broiler.
|Juice, sauce and soup|