Monday, August 31, 2015

Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week's CSA box has greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, summer squash, beans, peppers, basil and parsley,

 Field Notes. Ken has been cleaning and clearing so he can plant green manures.  They will prevent soil erosion over winter.  He has been harvesting many crops twice or more each week as weather dictates - tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, peppers, eggplant, etc.  And he continues to plant fall crops.  

This week he will be thinning fall greens for salad.  Usually we have a couple weeks when there is no lettuce.  Crops planted earlier have bolted in heat. We have had an interesting growing season - LOTS of rain, some heat and many cool nights.  Now as the days shorten there is more dew in  the morning and more chance for fungus, mold and blights to take hold.  Plants that like heat are pushing to fruit. We feel fortunate as we read and hear of other farms with few if any tomatoes this season due to cooler nights and / or blight.

From The Kitchen. Corn and tomatoes, cucumbers and green beans - they all say summer.  This week I have been steaming green beans and topping with some sesame oil and umeboshi vinegar.  I am grateful that we got beans from this last crop!

Ken is thinning the fall greens crops.These small greens are a nutritional power house.  Some folks use them as garnish, others use them in salads.  Enjoy!

Got a request for a biscuit recipe that we use in Ken's upside down pizza.  Here is one: Sift together 2C flour, 2  1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and cut in 1/2 c solid fat - lard or butter. Stir in 3/4 c milk.  Drop onto ungreased baking sheet OR pat out and cut and place on ungreased baking sheet. 450 for 10 - 12 min. Note from Ken: the less you handle the dough the more tender the biscuits.

'Til Next Week, Judith 

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