Notes from the Farm
Rye and I skipped town last week and hung out here …
while Leon enjoyed working on the farm.
We are still busy harvesting. The tomatoes are coming on slowly due to the cool nights, the peppers are also later this year, but you will eventually see them in your vegetable box. We are excited that we had a successful corn harvest despite the cooler temperatures.
This coming week we will be hauling in some of the onions to cure.
This Week’s Veggie Feast
The corn you are receiving this week was planted a week later than the Trinity variety, thus extending the crop for another week. The birds have still been distracted by other food sources so we all lucked out. This week’s variety is called Bodacious. The ears are more uniform and the kernels are yellow. All in all it is a pretty looking ear of corn, but during our taste trial Trinity won out as the sweeter, superior tasting corn. Next year we will trial another variety to see if we can find one we like as well as Trinity. Also carrots, basil, yellow crookneck squash, garlic, zucchini, tomato assortment and ….
New This Week
Leon wild-crafted these elderberries. They are a tart, small berry that is a bit crunchy due to the seeds. The birds love them, so do herbalists. The whole elderberry shrub has medicinal value. The berries are great source of vitamin C and can be added to pancakes, muffins, other fruit pies or made into a sauce. If you would like to use this product medicinally a tincture can be made using glycerin (for those who do not want to use alcohol) or vodka. Recipe below.
These apples came from John’s trees. They are not sprayed, he likes clean food just as much as you do. They may be a little chewed by birds and bugs. As many early season apples they are great for cooking, fried apples, apple tarts, apple pie.
Spaghetti Squash, love it or leave it.
Elderberry tincture has traditionally been used to stave off colds and flus, or to help the body mend more quickly once you have contacted a cold or flu. I am probably supposed to mention here that this information has not been scientifically proven, and the USDA has not approved the above writ statement. But people have been using elder for medicine longer than the USDA has been in existence so here’s an herbal recipe for you to try.
- Vodka or Vegetable Glycerin ( if using glycerin use 4 parts water to 1 part glycerin)
- For type A’s: Pick berries off stem and rinse
- For type B’s: Skip the step above
- Put Elderberries in a clean mason jar
- Pour vodka or glycerin mixture over berries, make sure the liquid completely covers the berries.
- Cover with a tight-fitting lid and let sit for at least one month
- Strain Elderberries from the alcohol in a fine sieve
- Bottle the liquid tincture and label.
Note: Tincture jars are sold at our local grocer Rainbow’s End, they may sell glycerin too.