Today, as I flew into Washington, D.C. my prayers were often as I thought of all those who died on this day 12 years ago. My spirit was lifted as we flew into D.C., and I saw huge USA flags draping down on several large buildings. I was reminded, while our country continues to go through many challenges…the constant is our blessings of our Freedoms.
God Bless America and God Bless all who have fought and died to protect them and God bless their families. Our gratitude seems so small compared to their sacrifices. We salute all of you.
We are on our final stretch for the 2013 CSA year. We hope you are enjoying your boxes!
The weather is proving challenging as we are seeing the cucumbers, green beans and sugar snap peas struggle to produce something if anything.
This week, as I mentioned I am in Washington, D.C., and I ran into a farmer from Texas. I asked him how the growing season was going. He was almost brought to tears as he answered me with, “I just spoke to my wife, and we received an inch last night. This is the first rain we have had since May. We are supposed average 48 inches of rain per year. We are simply drying up.”
This conversation serves as a good reminder. We are truly blessed with the harvest we have been receiving. Please let us know if you have any questions about the weather and how it is affecting the crops, or If you want to see how the drought has been stressing the plants out in the garden. We would be happy to show you.
Understanding how your food is grown and how Mother Nature determines the outcomes that are out of our control, really does provide an amazing insight and appreciation for our food.
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” – Chinese Proverb
Science in the Garden
Boxes of Produce
Reminder to return any cups or plastic containers in your box each week. Remember food safety in your kitchen when preparing, always wash your produce before eating.
Black Seeded Simpson Elite Lettuce – One of my favorite garden crops.
Red Oak Leaf Lettuce – reddish lettuce
Prizehead – is the spear like green leaf.
Beet leaves – Some fun facts about beets.
Tomatoes – Fourth of July (medium size red), Yellow Girls, Romas (long, narrow), Black Krim, Big Boy and super sweet cherry tomatoes 100 . Watch how to can tomatoes from Ball canning (video) and from Colorado Extension and the University of Minnesota Extension.
Peppers – Red Beauty, Golden Summer, Orange Blaze and California Wonder peppers. Wondering about freezing your peppers for later? University of Nebraska has information.
Onions – A few fresh onions to put in a recipe here or there.
Green Beans – This type of green beans are Providers. The green beans and sugar snap peas have really ben
Potatoes – Kennebec potatoes – great for baking and Norland potatoes – great for mashed potatoes.
Cucumbers – Varieties include Fancipak and Straight Eights . The heat gotten the best of this crop. This may be the last of the cucumbers.
Sweet Corn – Thank you to our neighbors FarGaze Farms – the Peterson families for this delicious vegetable!
Butternut Squash – Our family loves this vegetable! Here is how we prepare our squash.
Herbs – Cilantro and parsley
Fresh cut arrangement – Sedum, Hosta leaves and Hydrangeas – Enjoy!
Recipe of the Week
Homemade French Fries
I think I will also try this method this Fall as well.