SPINACH: The high tunnel ground was exposed to the elements during most of the recent rains. This is a great benefit to the soil, leaching salts from the surface and soaking the ground for a short time. The spinach has benefitted greatly from this and the first leaves of the fall harvest are headed to your shares.
SWEET POTATOES: Cured for over two weeks these beauties are just the thing for an autumn meal. We love them as fries (check our November 2012 blog for a great recipe.)
TOMATOES: Truly the last of the season. Make some salsa with the green tomatoes and bulb fennel for a trip back to the summer. Or try that old favorite fried green tomatoes.
GREEN PEPPERS: Brooksiders got their fair share of our final pepper harvest last Monday. The rest of you get them this week. Great in fajitas.
BULB FENNEL: With the crispness of celery and a touch of licorice, bulb fennel is a great addition to a lettuce salad. This November 2010 post give you instructions on cutting one up.
GREENS CHOICE: Sprouting broccoli and Toscano kale will be the main choices on Wednesday, and later in the week chard and curly kale will also be available.
LETTUCE: Only one head this week. The lettuce is in great form right now, tonight our salad was only lettuce and fennel leaves and packed a lot of flavor.
HERB CHOICE: We will see how the herbs handled the cold temps when we harvest tomorrow. Sage will be the main choice, as it compliments the sweet potatoes.
|The bulb fennel plants form a beautiful block|
The first fall freeze came this morning. We awoke to our fields covered in nature’s icing. These marigolds along with the summer fruits are dead and gone.
This week’s share will contain the last of tomatoes and peppers for the year. Other crops like the kale and sprouting broccoli remain unscathed. Some got a blanket of cover to help them through the night. In the high tunnel we replaced the roof and put a cover inside.