Weekly news from the farm!

Greetings Everyone,

We’re happy to have once again hosted some amazing guests who have us believing that we are heading down the right path!!!  This week the path seems a little obstructed, but we’re planning to continue plugging along in this direction.  It is one of those weeks where we’re exhausted as we begin cleaning up the fields in preparation for planting cover crops. Normally we have much of our cover crops planted by mid September, but since we aren’t able to pay for help, we’re a little behind in getting that done.  We had the sweetest family stay in the barn loft and as Julie was providing a tour, they inquired about how many folks were working the land, to which Julie replied only she and her husband.  They were astounded that we were “trying” to take care of this entire farm ourselves. Julie was incredibly thankful to them for staying, because she commented that she has hope in one day being able to hire out some of the work as more folks choose to stay at MHO.  It was one of those questions, where you step back, look around at all the chaos and think to yourself that selling the farm seems like it would relieve a lot of the workload.

You will probably need to white list our email to receive correspondence from us because we have changed our email from farmer@MountainHarvestOrganic.com to Farmer@MountainHarvestOrganics.com (our email is organics plural).

Your Farmers (and cleaning staff),
Carl and Julie


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What is new and abundant this week!

We’re thankful that collard greens have been popular this fall!!! After the groundhog ate over 600 kale and Brussels sprout plants, we are thankful to be able to harvest any greens whatsoever.  Not to be outdone by the groundhog, we have more kale seedlings started, and are planning on transplanting them into a greenhouse.  While they won’t be available for the fall shares, we’re hoping the farmers will have some fresh greens to eat this upcoming winter.  Honestly, we love collards, and they are our “go to” green when we are making either an eggplant or chickpea curry and don’t have bok choi. Collard greens provide nearly twice the amount of calcium as spinach and are high in potassium and magnesium, too.  If you aren’t into curries, you might consider collard greens cooked in coconut milk.  This recipe for these greens with caramelized onions is one we frequently make. This recipe for collard greens and dumplings is excellent because we love dumplings! We make this colcannon casserole that is warming and a one pot meal.  Or maybe use your collard greens for making wraps because you can fill them with seasonal veggies!. Simple, delicious and healthy!

We’re harvesting off a new crop of radishes that are sweet and beautiful!!!  The groundhog loves radishes, and is always happy to see the farmer seeding these wonderful crunchy and refreshing roots.  The main reason the groundhog loves these roots, is because it knows that from the day that tiny seeds are put into the soil, there is a good chance it will only have to wait approximately 25 days until it can begin grazing on them!!!  You will notice that the  groundhog has eaten many of the tops.  Nevertheless, we hope you enjoy them as much as us.  We cant say enough about making carrot and radish refrigerator pickles!!! Especially if you are into having taco night, because they are a delicious topping for tacos. If you haven’t yet pickled radishes, be sure to give it a try because it is great as a topping on tacos!  Radishes tend to stay mild even when temperatures fluctuate between cool nights and mild daytime during Spring and Fall.  We mostly eat these on salads, but they are also fabulous roasted with other rootsroasted with their tops, or you might be interested in trying them in a slaw. The Splendid Table suggests radish butter as a spread. These radishes and bread hors d’oeuvres are easy, healthy and tasty.  Another favorite of ours is Spring Rolls where most any vegetable can go into these delicious wraps.  They can be mashed with potatoes for a gratin which can be made vegan in substituting New Balance or oil for butter and nutritional yeast for the cheese.   

This Weeks Farmer’s Choice Veggie Share

Above are scallions soaking in water.  We try and clean the veggies in your share as much as possible, and since these were harvested during the rain, we decided to soak  them in the water to remove the wet muddy soil.  They are great in tacos, curries, and salads.  

This week’s Farmer’s Choice Share includes: (share contents are subject to change based on our actual harvest.)

We’re offering both a Farmer’s Choice Veggie and Farmers’ Choice Veggie & Meat Share.  Items common in both shares are listed first, followed by items specific to the veggie share the finally the veggie/meat share. The Farmer’s Choice Veggie & Meat share normally has smaller portions of vegetables. )

The following are included only in the veggie share:

The following are included only in the meat share

What’s Happening on the Farm

The flowers have been the highlight of the farm for guests!! 

In between rain showers, our guests have been enjoying walking through the fields and especially admiring all the butterflies on the flowers. Our guests have also been enjoying the fresh food that we are stocking their refrigerator with so we hope to continue doing that next year, but as our season winds down earlier than in seasons past we realize we don’t have the storage crops that we normally have this time of the year.  We’re still hopeful that we won’t have to buy meat or vegetables before crops begin maturing next year. 

Felix hanging out with us while we clean vegetables!!!

Felix loves to supervise us while we are cleaning vegetables.  Here she is telling us that we left a spot of dirt on the carrots!!!  That means you’ll have to scrub your carrots a bit before using them for your meals.  

It is time to cleanup the fields!!

Since we are a little late getting around to cleaning up the fields, we’re going to seed cover crops that are cold hardy and will germinate in cooler temperatures.  We are hoping to be seeding cover crops early next week.  That means, in between doing laundry and cleaning accommodations, we’ll also be “cleaning” the fields.  We’re pulling up spent plants, removing landscape fabric and plastic mulch that was used for weed prevention, drip tape, pulling out rocks that were used for holding down floating row cover, etc.  We’re considering planting Austrian Winter Pea and Cereal Rye. 


 

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