Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This CSA box has greens - salad, braising, spinach, arugula and more, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, pie pumpkins, leeks, potatoes, and the first of the winter tomatoes.

Field Notes.  Harvest continues - Ken has been bringing things into the yard, 

and I am sorting and moving them into the various storage areas - the root cellar or the cool dry storage for squash and onion families.  

Ken has also been tackling outbuilding roofs - also part of farming.  The shed that holds the produce boxes is fixed, the pottery show room is fixed, the smaller coop is done, and the large north chicken coop is mostly finished as of this weekend.

And Ken is planting.  Garlic has been planted for next season.  Green manures like winter wheat and perennial rye are going in when crops come out.  

Ken is preparing beds to fall plant or get ready for early spring 2015 planting.  We are assessing and planning for next season.  please return your vegetable preference list so we can better plan and plant for you.  Soon I will be ordering seeds!

From the Kitchen.  With "company" here to help with the roof, I tried to make good meals great.  We had chicken with  with potatoes, carrots and parsnips with a spinach salad one midday.  
That evening we had Ken's chorizo style venison sausage, baked squash and creamed braised greens. One of the things I learned years ago was to think of how the plate will look and go for color. The chorizo with orange squash and bright greens with cream on a dark brown plate was beautiful!

The next day we had chopped chicken with beans and chili pepper the last of the sweet potatoes with butter and creamed cabbage with leeks and some of the last red bell peppers. 
Happy Halloween! 'Til Next Week, Judith

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