The season is nearing the end, and Mother Nature reminded us of that today. The boys said that the only way they would warm up is if I put them in the clothes dryer! Now the thought of that made me chuckle! Yes indeed it went from the 70s yesterday to feeling like 40 degrees tonight. We received 4/10 of an inch of rain today. Thankful it wasn’t snow!
Look for fall decorative items next week. It will be a busy weekend of harvesting them, but it is always fun to see what is unveiled!
Boxes of Produce
Reminder – there will be two more weeks of the CSA boxes. This is longer than your contract stated due to the interesting growing season!
This list is prepared before we harvest your share. Some guesswork is involved! We do our best to predict which crops will be ready to harvest, but sometimes crops are on the list that are not in the share. Sometimes crops will be in the share even though they’re not on the list.
Remember food safety in your kitchen when preparing, always wash your hands before working with your produce and always wash your produce before eating.
Salad Mix – A break this week due to the dry weather we had in early August, this crop did not grow when I planted it. But good news, the next round of lettuce and spinach did grow, and we should have some back in your boxes next week.
Beets – Taking a break from this vegetable to allow them to grow more. Don’t worry, we will empty the garden out before the last box.
Carrots – A few carrots this week. We hope that the remainder of the crop grows well before the end of the growing season.
Green Beans – This is our last crop of beans – hope you have been freezing or canning them if you haven’t been able to use them.
Broccoli – I think I need to give this recipe a try from Pioneer Woman.
Cucumbers – This very likely may be your last cucumbers of the season.
Kohlrabi – Here are some ideas from Martha Stewart.
Peppers – Jalapeno peppers and Bell Peppers
Tomatoes – Baby Boomer cherry tomatoes, Big Mamma, Sunny Boy (yellow), Honey Delight (small yellow) and Fourth of July (medium red) and cherry tomatoes – Let us know if you need some tomatoes for canning. We ask for canning amounts that you give a free will donation.
Onions – Walla Walla, Snow White, yellow Candy and Giant Red Hamburger (purple) – We pulled this crop this weekend and are drying the remaining onions.
Potatoes – Red Pontiac – the link is to more potato basics and recipe ideas. Kennebec potatoes – great for baked potatoes. Masquarde Potatoes – A tasty potato that everyone in our house is excited to eat.
Butternut Squash – Choice of squash – For those of you that chose this squash, it is one of my favorites. Here is a recipe from The Pioneer Woman.
Sweet Corn – The last crop of sweet corn is being harvested. Thank you to FarGaze Farms for this partnership in growing the sweet corn. Enjoy!
Eggs – Enjoy some eggs from the Harner Brothers’ chickens.
Fresh Arrangement – Zinnia, Rudbeckia or Sunflowers – Here are a few tips to try to keep your fresh-cut flowers fresh longer. Please provide me feedback if you transfer them to a vase or keep them on your counter in the container you bring them home in.
Recipe of the Week
Many of you wonder what we do with all of these tomatoes. Well, we do quite a bit of canning. We were fortunate to receive Steve’s Grandpa and Grandma’s canning supplies when they decided to hang up that past time. Steve grew up canning many vegetables with his family. I on the other hand loathed canning but enjoyed baking!! Now, canning has become quality time with the family and satisfaction of tasty vegetables throughout the year. We highly recommend that you use the University of Minnesota Extension Services’ directions for canning tomatoes. At the end of the season from our tomatoes, we will have about 70 quarts of tomato juice and about 50 pints of salsa. In addition, I will have some tomatoes in the freezer for chilli and soups this winter.