Tuesday, October 1, 2013
In the Share - Week 20
BROCCOLI (F/P) The broccoli packs a flavor punch this week. We are blaming those hot days in our recent past. Steamed with some butter and lemon is all the help it needs.
TOMATOES (F/P) The harvest is about over, so enjoy them while they last.
CABBAGE (F/P) Choice of Chinese (Napa) or standard cabbage. See Tom's post for some helpful hints for making slaw.
SWEET PEPPERS (F) Ripening is slowing down considerably. Expect green ones soon.
SWEET POTATOES (F/P) O'Henry are creamy yellow sweet potatoes. These are the first of many yellow and orange sweet potatoes out in the field waiting to be dug. If you still need to punch in your hours, come out on a harvest day and more likely than not we will be digging the sweets!
BROCCOLI OR CAULIFLOWER (F) Full shares get a choice of either more broccoli, or a cauliflower.
ARUGULA (F/P) Our second planting is coming on well and the lettuce isn't quite ready, so enjoy an arugula salad this week.
RADISHES (F/P) If the heat of the radish is too much for you, try lightly steaming or dressing with a honey vinaigrette.
HERB CHOICE (F/P) Sage, cilantro and basil
NEXT WEEK: More peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. Leeks, carrots, beets and lettuce return.
What a whirlwind of a week it has been. Thursday we replaced the plastic on our 30 x 96 ft. high tunnel. It was quite the job for six of us and luckily we didn't rip it in two, but we sure tried! It went better than our first attempt a year ago and we have new ideas for improvements in 2014. Today we put the ends and doors back on so she's ready to be buttoned up when frost threatens.
This week we also began to break new ground in the far field below the grapes. In 2012, sheep on loan from the Parkers grazed. This summer the chickens ran through. Now it is our turn. Tom took out Grandpa, the family's 1962 International 504 bought used by John Graff, Sr. in late sixties. The discs are of a similar vintage. After several passes the ground is chopped up a bit and ready for spading.
Add in the regular harvest routine and then, by some miracle, Tom and I escaped the farm for a full 48 hours. Between the Saturday rain (very nice!) and Monday afternoon we lounged at a B & B in St. Joseph, Missouri. It was a welcome rest after the normal rollercoaster of a season we get here on the edge of the prairie. Besides napping and eating too much pizza, we also managed a walk along the river, 3 antique malls, and several museums.