SECOND WEEK OF THE AUTUMN SHARE We are very happy to have had steady rain since Tuesday afternoon. We have had minimal rain this Autumn. Despite irrigation, there is nothing like rain! Even though the fields have not been constantly moist, the Chinese Cabbage were filled with big snails. We extensively washed all the heads and recommend you do the same. We have started lifting...or in the case of these parsnips, digging them out with a shovel... the parsnips. These are huge, tender roots delicious in stews and roasted. We love the cross over between seasons...still harvesting tomatoes and cucumbers and yet with the weather moving into the soup and stew vegetables.
NOTES ON STORING THE HARVEST Please check out our Vegetable & Fruit page on the website to find tips on maximizing the life of your veggies. We envisage that many of the vegetables you are receiving this week will last for two weeks with careful attention to storing upon arrival. Although we do wash all the greens after harvest, we are washing to take the heat out of the plants and wash away some surface dirt, not to prepare them for consumption. We also spray a seaweed/herb brew about every ten days. While this will not harm you, it does have a taste. We do suggest washing your produce prior to eating.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX The following are the items harvested this week. Items and quantities in your box may vary depending on your harvest day and the total harvest of each crop. The boxes are completely governed by what is ripe and ready for harvest and how much of it there is. We endeavor to divide the harvest fairly. 1/4 share: 5-7 items 1/2 share: 8-10 items Full Share: 10-12 items
French Beans Broccoli Carrots Chinese Cabbage Cucumbers Garlic Kale Lettuce Brown Onions Potatoes Tomatoes Japanese Turnips Watermelon Zucchini
Extras Eggplant Pimiento de Padrons
RECIPE SUGGESTIONS Kimchi - Based on Sandor Katz's recipe this is a delicious Korean spicy pickle. Jamie Oliver's Beef Stew Ministrone Soup - 15-20 minute prep/2 hour cooking time Pasta with Broccoli and Lemon Basil Sauce - 20 minute meal Roasted Japanese Turnips and Their Balsamic Greens - This recipe is an internet find- 10 minute prep and 20 minute cooking time.
Around the farm, we continue weeding and making compost, collecting the pumpkins from the field and trying to make sure the mice do not get them.
FARM PICK UP SCHEDULE To accommodate those picking up their Mountain View Farm milk, Farm Pick Up times are Friday afternoon from 2pm-5pm and Saturday mornings from 8am-11am. Please contact us if you need to arrange to pick your vegetables up outside of these times.
Please note – Photo is of a full share box.