This Weeks Share: Cucumber, Tomatoes, Peppers Sweet & Hot, Endive/Escarole, A Brassica, four ears of Sweet Corn and a Farmer’s Choice Item.
Cucumber: These plants have true grit tenacity and staying power. We appreciate the new, fresh ones coming on. Not many, but enough.
Tomatoes: The sunshine is doing them good and for another week we pick the best and the brightest for you and your family.
Peppers: Hope your tastes for salsa or roasted peppers isn’t completely saturated yet…there’s more! They’ve become like pickled cucumbers, or mashed potatoes at our home…if they don’t disappear first raw. Add them to sandwiches, grains, pastas or soup…roasted peppers are the new sweet onion!
Basic Roasted Peppers
- Wash and dry peppers. If roasting small ones, leave whole. If cutting in half, remove and discard the seeds.
- Place under broiler, inside’s down, or over and open flame until blackened. If roasting whole, turn them often.
- Once all blackened, place them in a closed paper bag for 15 minutes. Then the skins will peel off easily. They’re now soft and sweet.
- Add to your favorite dish or store. We like them stuffed in a jar with a little garlic and olive oil and put the refrigerator until needed.
Endive/Escarole: If these greens are bitter to your palette, please look to last weeks newsletter for a simple way to cook them, and remove said bitterness. We are finding the outer leaves of the heads to be mostly non presentable and so are leaving them in the field. Good for the field and good for you, in that mostly what makes it to your table is the sweet and savory hearts. Good old salad material!
Brassica: Our favorite B word on board again. Some lovely magenta purple heads of rolling cabbage may make it home with you. Or perhaps flavorful broccoli, our delectable non sequestered cauliflower, or a mix of the two will join you for dinner. Either way, it’s a win.
Sweet Corn: Our sweet and savory candy kernels continue with their popular share presence. This will be the end of this season’s sweet corn. Isn’t it just the best while it lasts?
Farmer’s Choice: Your mystery item this week may be a scrumptious eggplant, a lingering and hard to come by tasty zucchini, a nice bunch of ‘other’ greens, or even something different entirely. One of our most faithful members shared this fun and delicious recipe with me, so I thought I would pass it on to all- http://www.closetcooking.com/2012/09/roast-zucchini-salsa.html– I am always looking for new fun to be had with zucchini’s. Thanks Jane!
FARM NEWS: Welcome to October. We blinked and September is now gone. Hopefully everyone is enjoying this incredible extended summer we’ve been having. However, I have heard from more than just a few of you that you’re ready for the cold. The warmth does help welcome us into the fields in the disappearing day length. This past full moon weekend, we accomplished the start of seeding our winter cover crops, but more acres remain to be seeded. We have begun to harvest some crops that we hope to store for future share material, such as remaining roots, onions, apples, and ‘on the tip of turning’ red tomatoes. The future of tomatoes in the share looks much better than the bleak picture I painted last week. Also, pumpkins are looking plentiful and bright. That reminds me of the heaps of fun we will be having at the annual Fall Harvest Party this year. On October 27th, we hope to see you out here. If you are on Facebook, like our page and see details of the gathering in Events.
In other news, the farm lost a great friend today and he will be dearly missed. Rest in peace good old cat Seed. The greatest cat I have ever known or had the pleasure to have around the last 12 years, left the world today and began the journey from fur to spirit and then beyond to whatever he is destined for next. It feels good to wax words of love. Seeds memory follows me back to when I was going to college at OSU in Corvallis, pre-marriage, pre-children. He was my baby kitten and pleasant diversion to those strenuous science classes of the day. He became accustomed to sleeping in the wood shed because he couldn’t seem to learn to stop using my house-plants (I had many large plants) as his personal bathrooms. He loved the woodshed, loved catching mice, and loved to give lots of love, or was it get, when I returned in the evenings. When I moved back to the farm after school, of course he came with me. One time he immediately disappeared when I let him out of his travel carrier, to the sounds of many dogs, chickens and mules. But, several days later, he walked right up to me and into my arms. He was a survivor. Over and over, his tough little spirit continued to shine and keep his furry big body going, living, mostly outside, and thriving. Wherever I moved, he came along. Sometimes I wouldn’t see him for a few days, but he always found his way back. He was a very good friend to me, and to my family. Hopefully, as far as cats are concerned, we were all good friends to him too. Today my loving husband dug a simple, deep grave under an apple tree, and I laid to rest his still warm, soft body down for the good bye sleep. Changing forms. As is once a Seed, in time so shall be an apple.
Have a great week. May all your transitions be welcomed. Warmest regards from your loving farmers,
Amy & Kip