Archive for October 5th, 2014

The Changing Season- Update on the FARM

Before I head back to bed I want to share the excitement of the changing season.  Yesterday morning I woke up to the loudest cackling of birds I’ve ever heard!  I sat up on my elbows and looked out the window.  There on the lawn and in the huge trees that run the perimeter of the front yard were thousands of birds!  Literally THOUSANDS–the noise was deafening–  They were gathering for the flight south–migration to the warmer places.  As quickly as they appeared, they were gone–but not without rousing everyone in the house first–

Friday morning we hit the garden at 9:00 a.m.  I had some parsley to cut and bag.  As I walked the herb bed I was awed by the thick white frost on the sage and oregano and the drooping fronds of the fennel.  The parsley I needed was laying flat, but still a healthy green.  Thyme and cilantro looked as they had the day before–no frost or indication of the 30 degree temperature several hours earlier.  Two hours later the parsly was perky and ready to go– Amazing how some plants snap back from a cold snap!

This is the second morning of the low temps…and the pepper plants are showing it.  They are limp, dark green, slimy leaved with drooping translucent peppers that resemble something from that art piece Time by Salvador Dali with the drooping clocks–I’m sure you’ve seen it.



WEEK 13- Pick Up Follow-up

Thank you SO much to everyone who was able to make it for the Saturday Pick Up downtown!  We termed it a success!  81 members gathered their shares and the EXTRA’s TABLE delivered limited amounts of broccoli, carrots, beets, tomatoes, cabbage, and hot peppers.  Our cooler thanks you!!

19 Shares are set up in the COOLER for pick up on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday–anytime from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  If later than 4:00 p.m. call 431-1219 so we can meet you at the cooler.

No Salanova for the rest of the season.  We still have about 350 heads flourishing in the garden.  Anyone is welcome to Salanova on an individual basis…it cleans up with several washings and is really tender and sweet!  Shoot us an email and we’ll have it harvested for you to take it ‘as is’ at Pick Up–

Hope you are enjoying your introduction to Brussels sprouts!  They are as they appear right off the plant–only preparation needed is a light washing and the ends trimmed.  I am told they are great boiled, fried, or roasted.  Last year I experimented without great success–I decided it was because I had to buy them and they weren’t fresh.  I’m excited to try some today on the grille and tomorrow par-boiled and fried in bacon.  There are some wonderful recipes on-line.  More Brussels sprouts should be available next week on the Extra’s Table.  🙂

Fruit this week was a Tropical theme— Mango, Strawberry Papaya, Starfruit, and Baby Bananas.  If you missed your Fruit Share let me know ASAP– I think we ended up with one extra.  Next week is a BREAKFAST theme with fruit that goes great in cereal and some Reed Avocados for protein.

Thanks again for your flexibility with Pick Up–We will most likely consolidate the Pick Up’s for the remainder of the month–looking at THURSDAY instead of SATURDAY.  Location will be at The Farm–Noon to 3:00 p.m.  UNLESS we are mudded-out…then we will meet at the Western Sage CPA’s parking lot.  Watch for an email notice of any changes–THANKS,

The Farmer’s Wife