Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week's CSA box has tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, eggplant, corn, lettuce, spinach, braising greens, and raspberries

Field Notes.  This week marks the autumnal equinox.  Now the days are shorter than nights and there is still much to do!  The heat loving crops have all "crested the wave" as we say.  Crops usually start slowly reach a crescendo and then each harvest yields less and less.  Ken is moving animals - possibly the last move before winter.  He is working to get his brooder house ready for a batch of chicks for next spring's eggs.
And I have been sorting jars of tomato sauce, apple juice and other items we can and keep in the root cellar.  Next I will be cleaning out freezers and moving roots to the root cellar for the winter months.  

From the Kitchen.  After a few cool nights I get up in the morning and look to see if the kitchen is below 60 degrees.  When it is cooler than 60 I light the wood cook stove.  This moves us to adjust to fall cooking - roasted chicken and vegetables, chili and soups.  Ken is a master at concocting interesting soups and chowders from our surplus vegetables.  

Enjoy those heat loving vegetables like cucumbers, summer squash,  peppers, and herbs like basil that are gone with the first frost. 'Til Next Week, Judith

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