Hi everyone, So, we received about ¾ of an inch of rain a week ago. It was certainly welcome and helpful, though not nearly enough. We are coping as best we can, moving the overhead irrigation from crop to crop. I am planting lots of spinach, turnips, arugula, and other mustards right now and they all need moisture to germinate. The corn and the winter squash need water to mature their fruit and the fall brassicas need the wet stuff so they keep growing rapidly. It seems we have a 50% shot at showers tomorrow and then again on Sunday. Pray for rain! (more…)
Monthly Archive: August 2022
If Farmer John’s predictions come true, we may be in for more summer squash so here is a simple recipe for making Zucchini Butter. While the recipe as is yields about 2 cups, you can halve the recipe and make less. Give it a try if you have already made your fair share of breads, muffins, and gratins. (more…)
From the cookbook, Serving up the Harvest, here is an easy (especially if you have a food processor) recipe for all those delicious potatoes we’ve been getting. It is a good dish to have in your arsenal as it is very quick to make, holds up well during a buffet, travels easily to block parties or potluck dinners, and can be made ahead and reheated. What’s not to like about that? The recipe serves 6-8. (more…)
Hello Folks! So, we received a small amount of rain today, and hopefully there is more on tap for Monday evening and Tuesday. For some crops it may be too little too late – particularly for our winter squash and pumpkin crop. Many of the vines have died and the rest are already maturing very small fruits. I am hoping that if it starts raining with more regularity, they may begin to grow and flower again, but there is not much time left. (more…)
Hi Folks, So the heat has broken, but still no rain. It seems we will have to wait another week for a 40% chance of precipitation. The drought is rally starting to hurt us, despite our best efforts to keep everything sprouting and growing. For now, the shares still look great. (more…)
You can turn almost any of your extra CSA veggies into toppings on a homemade pizza. From the Cooking Close to Home cookbook, this simple, chunky, sauce yields about 3½ cups, enough for 3, 16-inch pizzas. It is also an excellent base for adding pasta sauce ingredients like ground meat, sausage, or other veggies later. You can also freeze it, in case you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with.
If you have fresh herbs, the conversion is one teaspoon dry equals one Tablespoon fresh (and fresh will taste so much better!).