|Our best harvest yet of green zebras|
RED ONIONS: Most every dish we cook it seems starts with onions. The red onions look great in a tomato salad, with fresh lettuce, or cooked with the sprouting broccoli.
SPROUTING BROCCOLI: The first pickings from the fall patch. The crunchy stem makes a nice crudité item. Cut the stalks at an angle to make elongated, chip-like snacks.
RADISH/TURNIP BUNCH: these will be spicy due to the recent heat. They make for a spicy sandwhich, or are good grated and salted for use in fresh salad. In general, salting root vegetables improves their flavor.
LETTUCE: The varieties we hand out this week will vary depending on your pickup. The red leaf lettuce has shot past the other types and is being harvested first. There will be a mix of red and green lettuce later in the week. Make the most of the summer and enjoy your lettuce with you Fair Share Farm tomatoes.
OKRA/EGGPLANT/PEPPER CHOICE: Always tough to choose with so delicious a trio of vegetables. Keep you okra dry when you cook it to keep it from getting too slippery. The pods are such a flavorful vegetable.
KALE: The third week of kale. While it may seem like a lot we hope that one bunch every two weeks finds its way into you meal planning. If you keep it in a plastic bag in the crisper it will keep well between shares.
CILANTRO/DILL: A mixed bunch of these two fragrant fresh herbs. It's the rare time of year when tomatoes and cilantro are in the share together. Time for some salsa.
As we must feed the membership, we must also feed the soil. This photo shows our two key steps in growing healthy organic produce: chickens and cover crops. The August rains helped the summer-seeded cover crops of sorghum Sudan grass and cowpeas flourish. They look great next to the chicken yard. The scratching and eating and the birds do (along with their fertilizing) will prep the beds for overwintering and then a Spring planting.
Fall is almost here (Saturday night!). Our fall crops of roots and greens are ready. So are the farmers who have had enough of the 90 deg. F weather. Come on fall!!!
We bid goodbye to Summer 2018: it was a droughty, sweaty mess of a season. Yet, we all ate well and had some fun along the way. Much love and appreciation to all the human beings, livestock and wildlife that shared the season with us and made us smile along the way.