Sunday, August 31, 2014

sorting

The potato beds are being emptied. Time for winter spinach to go in those beds.

The wheelbarrow was filled several times.


The Austrian crescent and all blue potatoes were in this batch. Neither is a big potato, they stay on the small side.


Sorting them out. The ones that have some green spits or are faded or have a chunk missing stay here on the farm. Some the farmers eat, some will go back in the ground next spring. Those will be packed in burlap bags and kept in a space where the temperature stays about 60° year round.

The two varieties are sorted by type, to then go out in our CSA shares.



All the pretty ones. Yesterday we visited family and cooked up some with butter and salt. And chicken, cucumber and tomatoes. Nice to share what we grow with loved ones.



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

well yes

Oh yes. It is busy time.

Fruit is in. Tomatoes. Cucumbers. While winter squash...the hard rined, bake in the oven sort (including pumpkins), apples and potatoes, garlic and onions can be stored in a cool place and used and cooked as needed all winter, other things turn to mush without a more eventful treatment.

So its busy time as we save food. This morning cucumbers.




With a bit of water and salt.


And a few herbs and spices.


Packed tight in a glass jar.


And then a piece of cheesecloth held on with a rubber band.


Just to keep bugs out. We will watch it, and in time the salt and flavors will permeate the cucumbers. If a yeasty film forms that will be skimmed off. And this winter we will have a bite of the garden, suspended in salt. Next to a serving of something bland along with something sweet, this sour taste...yum.




Saturday, August 9, 2014

ripe now

As usual, there are some greens, carrots, maybe beets, radish or lettuce in August shares.

In addition, sometimes there might be cabbage or broccoli. The summer has been cool enough they have not bolted, and the broccoli will produce after we cut it. Predicted temperatures are in the low 80's and the broccoli does not mind that!

The purple beans are in. We get beans that are odd colors so they stand out from the green of the leaves. We have been known to miss them when picking if they blend in. So here they are.



Last year our seed potatoes froze in storage in the garage. Outdoor temperatures in the single digits turned our plan table stock to mush. Kinda stinky mush. Virtually no harvest last year.

This year the seed potatoes went right into the right storage spot. Austrian Crescent, All Blue, Purple Viking and Yukon Gold are all looking and tasting wonderful.


Tomatoes...about 10 varieties are all coming in. They are easy to freeze whole (after removing the core) and then cooking, using the immersion blender to smooth them out. Persimmon, Old German, Sophie's Choice, Mini Orange and more.


Cucumbers too! A bit of basil too.


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