Monday, August 25, 2014

September is Trending

This Week's CSA share:

walla wallas
hot pepper
bell peppers
red cabbage

This will probably be the final week of tomatoes. The plants are dead and the fruit is still there and ripening but will not be able to survive on the dead vines for much longer. Late Blight is such a bummer.

The good news is that even though tomatillos are in the same family as tomatoes, they are not as susceptible to the blight. So, this week, get your tortilla chips ready for a batch of salsa verde. My favorite way to prepare it is to remove the paper from the tomatillos and place them in a baking dish. I roast them with a little garlic and olive oil on high heat in the oven until they are soft. Then, I place the whole lot into the food processor with some onion, hot pepper, lime juice, salt and cilantro. I usually add a little more garlic so the mosquitoes will leave me alone. Give it a whiz and then add more of whatever you think it needs. Chill and eat with chips. Its so yummy! It freezes well and goes fast, at least in our salsa loving house.

The last week of summer vacation is upon us. Everyone's back to school next week and we have the last flush of summer company visiting this week.

We are wildly busy tending to fall plantings and crazy harvests. It feels manic but productive and is the stuff farming is made of: a truckload of onions coming in, hearty seed garlic tucked aside to be planted out in October, bucketloads of dahlias is all the best colors. When your head and heart are in this deep, you notice the subtle changes because they speak to what's coming.....leaves starting to change on the maples, a flock of geese heading south over the lighthouse on Saturday, the supply list arriving from the teacher for next week's inevitable first day. Thank heaven for Amazon....I have no time to fulfill that order sheet from the teacher when stores are open....I like to shop at 5:30AM from my bed on my iphone (that's a major confession).

In and out of the flower workshop.....

Blessings on the meal-

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