Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week's CSA box has greens, cabbage, onions, garlic, winter squash, winter tomatoes, potatoes, daikon radish, carrots or beets, and parsley

Field Notes What an interesting season!  After a warm fall and grey December we have moved into the deep cold of winter.  This signals the end of harvest in the greenhouse.  Ken is planting for winter salad mixes  - shoots leaves and sprouts.  He has been working on a germination and growing cabinet as our grey December affects size of greens.

Seeds are ordered and have arrived.  Soon Ken will planting onions for early transplanting.  We have been making plans for next season as well.  We try to plant enough, but not too much.  Each season's weather varies so often size of crops also varies.  Two years ago the onions were small and this year the onions are larger,

From the Kitchen.  Ah. winter!  We include micro and mini greens in the winter boxes.  With short days and long nights and the cold, growth is dramatically slower than spring through fall.  So, although the volume of greens is smaller now, the nutrition is great - all that seed's energy is in the green - a power house of nutrition.  I add leaves and grated roots like carrots, radishes and celery root for a mixed salad.

Winter squash is a mainstay of our January diet.  I cut and remove seeds and cook either on stove or oven.  First meal is hot with butter and then I peel and save for warming in butter or sesame oil or  even a bit of curry.  Then Ken might use some for a pie or I might make squash bread or cookies.  And then it is squash soup - nothing better!

'Til January 27th, Judith

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