Fall Greetings! Indeed it is here. Leaves are just starting to change color on the farm and we feel the contrast of chilly mornings and warm afternoons. Some of the summer crops are still kickin’ , like the basil, peppers, and green beans, while summer squash, cucumbers and tomatoes have really slowed down. In the North field, the fall garden has come in beautifully, in an array of sea green brassicas. The plants are loving the good rain and following days of sun. We’ve been saving lots of seed including a small experimental batches of quinoa, soup beans, more lettuces, spinach, flowers and more. We get them in the sun to totally dry out before storing. Just the tiniest bit of moisture could mold everything else, so we pay close attention. About half of the farm is in cover crop, or we could say “put to bed for the winter”. This week we’ll finish clearing rows and getting mostly vetch and crimon clover in the ground. We harvested all of the winter squash and weighed out 488 pounds! Not bad for 185 bed feet. You’ll be seeing those in many boxes in the next 8 weeks of the CSA. Oh, we had a great farm party, nice to see a few of you! I’ve attached some pics…
Okay . . and here’s the box!
Pac Choi or Chinese Cabbage Michili – Last week featured the Michili, we gave either or as they are similar and there wasn’t enough pac choi planted for all the boxes. Great raw, sautee, pickled, or fermented!
Lacinato Kale or Chard –
Cucumbers – Probably the last!
Cranberry Shelling Bean – This variety is beautiful and delicious. Shell the beans — take them out of the pod and boil for about 10 minutes or until tender. Top on pasta or sautee after boiling until brown and serve alone as an appetizer with salt. Protein! Yumm…
Sweet Pepper – Sweet banana, jimmy nardello, carmen and various italian sweets.
Hot Peppers – You can identify these by smaller size and in this weeks box you got czech black, like a jalapeno or lemon drop, which is even smaller and a bit krinkly green or yellow. Very hot with an amazing pineapple essence!
Salad Mix – Over 20 greens varieties blended here on the farm with some herbs and flowers:)
Basil – I didn’t double check the list before some were delivered and only half of the boxes got the basil. Sorry! Hopefully , next week there will be more.
Pac Choi or Chinese Cabbage Stir Fry
- 1 Wok, Cast Iron, or other skillet
- 1 Pak Choi (Boy Choy)
- 1 Tablespoon of Oil, high heat oil
- Salt To Taste
- Light Soy Sauce or tamari
- Oyster Sauce
- Sliced Ginger
Throw all indredients onpan and cook 4-8 minutes. Top with thinly sliced radishes
Fresh Cranberry Beans with Lemon Juice and Olive Oil
Shell the handful of beans. Boil for 10-15 minutes in salted water until tender. Drain. Mix in a quarter of a lemon, olive oil , and basil. Serve warm or chilled.