In your share this week:
- Red Norland Potatoes
- Walla Walla Onions
- Bronze Fennel Ferns
- Camomile - probably the last of the season
- Red Russian Kale - may be the last of the season
- Tuscan "Dino" Kale
- Radicchio - last of the season. Feedback please. Did you like getting this in your shares a few times this season?
These items are in some shares and rotating to all members from week to week (based on pick up site):
We are being blessed with some lovely, warm weather this week and it's making a big difference with our crops and spirits! We are loving the sunshine and warm nights! (I'm temporarily ignoring the upcoming forecast icons with the chance of little snow flakes.)
CSA members Linda & Dave shared this recipe for Mushroom & Leek Pie. I counted out how many row feet of leeks we still have and it looks like we should have enough for a bunch each week through the end of the season (about the middle of October).
Are you dehydrating any of your share? It's very simple and doesn't necessarily require a dehydrator. Fine herbs like the fennel ferns, camomile, and dill can be dried with simple methods like bunching and hanging, placed in the oven on a rack with only the light turned on, or even just left on a tray to dry (away from insects). I am really enjoying the teas I've made with the fennel and camomile and whatever I don't use goes into the dehydrator! The leeks and onions we are giving also dry very well for longer storage.
Freezing is another very quick and simple way to preserve food for later use. A few years ago we discovered that leafy greens like kale, chard, and collards can go straight into a freezer bag and frozen for smoothies and soups. No blanching necessary if used in a reasonable amount of time (we've used some a year old and that seems to be the limit before they start to taste old). These greens also dehydrate very easily and can then be tossed into soups or ground up into a nutrient dense green powder.
Our BIG NEWS of the week is that it's garlic planting time! AND we already have 8 rows planted! If all goes well, we will plant 2 more rows very soon and this BIG job will be taken care of. I can't tell you what a relief this is to this busy farmer girl. Like I said, we have amazing workshares!
Have a great week and ENJOY your veggies (and herbs)!