September 23, 2020 Veggie Feast

Notes From The Farm

We have started the beet harvest.  Pretty sweet crop this year, our best golden beets ever!  This week you will get a bag of beets and bag of sweet whites, both which can be stored for future use.

Sadly this growing season is coming to an end.  The last week week of veggies is approaching!  For the Wednesday folks it’s September 30, and October 3 for the Saturday crew.  We have appreciated your support during this somewhat wacky growing season and hope that you have felt well fed!

This Week’s Veggie Feast

Pears and Plums, Celeriac, Parsley, Radishes, Spicy Greens, Zucchini, Beets, Bag O’ Sweet Onions

New This Week

Every year we hop around the valley in search of non-sprayed fruit trees laden with produce.  The past several years we have been blessed to harvest plums, pears and apples at our neighbors and friends, who have more than enough to share.  Once again their generosity has come through, but once again, in theme for the 2020 growing season, the productivity was down.  Luckily, there is enough and we can be thankful for that.

Both the pears and especially the plums need a bit of time to ripen and sweeten.  Placing them in a bowl on the kitchen table should do the trick.

 

Okay, I know you all know what a radish looks like.  But do you know what a root maggot looks like?  Before you get all squeamish let me remind you about the cycle of life and that other creatures besides humans eat vegetables.  If you have ever tried to grow a garden you know you may compete with rabbits, voles, mice, birds, earwigs, slugs, gophers, caterpillars, marmots….the list is quite long.  We have little insects that like to burrow into our turnips (which is why we rarely get a decent turnip on this farm) and radishes.  It’s a bummer cause radishes are soooo tasty.  All in all the radishes look and taste pretty darn good.  But beware of the root maggot!  You know a little buggie crawled into the radish if there is a squiggly brown trail on the radish.  Cut that part off if you don’t want extra protein, but it’s not going to kill you if you eat a bug either, it just kills the bug.

On this note about bugs in the veggies let’s also talk about diversity (in vegetables).  Radishes come in lots of shapes and sizes, just like we do.  Of course there is a “normal” but there is variation, as there is in most produce.  I am not sure how or why we have grown accustomed in our culture to accept only a specific shape and size for each vegetable, but we have!  Think about the effects of this mentality next time you walk your grocery store produce section.  What happens to all the less than perfect?  Of course this could tangent into a whole philosophical conversation….

The sweet onions have been cured and can store in a cool, dry, out of the way place.  In general sweet onions will last until November/ December.  Once they start getting soft you know you have to use them up.

Beets can also be stored covered in the fridge for several months.   You have three varieties of beets; golden, red and chiogga (concentric white and red rings). Check that they are not too moist to prevent mold growth.