Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  the CSA box this week has tomatoes, lettuce and salad greens, green beans, cucumbers, onions and garlic, cabbage or Chinese cabbage, and basil.

Field and Farm Notes.  A friend came for a few days and helped with two projects: he and Ken got the leaking roof off and a new roof on the shed where we store boxes for CSA and on line order boxes.  This may sound small, but building projects are easily set aside when planting and harvesting are more pressing.

The big news is RAIN.  Over an inch on Monday.  Great news for all the fall crops

Our friend also helped harvest the rest of the shallots, Walla Walla onions and garlic.  This is a job of bending and lifting.  The aroma is GREAT!  Nothing like fresh garlic -

And he helped Ken with transplanting.  Some of the beautiful shots are from his smart phone.  Thank you.

Garlic on the racks curing
From the Kitchen.  And with company I had more one more appreciative eater!  It was so nice to hear compliments on the food.  I often think my job is easy; when one starts with good food, the task is just to avoid ruining it!  We ate of summer's bounty.  Meat cooked with garlic, eggs with sauteed green peppers and green onions, and grilled tomatoes.  I like to cut the small firm tomatoes lengthwise and cut out the core and set the cut side down on a griddle just to caramelize the cut side and warm the tomato.  It is an old trick I learned from Ken.  We also had sliced tomatoes with home made mayonnaise, cucumber salad with onions and yogurt dressing

Our friend had not had umeboshi, a great Japanese condiment.  So I steamed some green beans to al dente, and topped with umeboshi vinegar, sweet wine, tamari, sesame and toasted sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds.  Tasty.

'Til Next Week, Judith

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