We are inching our way towards Winter Solstice. December 21st will be the shortest day (and longest night) of the year and then we are on our way back to longer days. Longer days mean faster growth for veggies in the garden. Every year I notice a slight decline in plant growth as we . . . → Read More: CSA Week 4
I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. You probably have tons of left overs and you’ve probably over done it on rich foods. The shares this week are meant to lighten things up in your kitchen with a focus on fresh greens. Enjoy!
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Let’s get into the swing of it!
It was really nice seeing all the CSA members last week at the Upper East Side Farmers Market for the first share pick up. The market seems like it’s going to be a great place to spend Saturday mornings. We started with 27 dozen eggs and a . . . → Read More: CSA Week 2
Here we go, this is it, the beginning.
As the farmer I always get a little nervous and tense just before each CSA season begins. It’s partly because I’m out of practice after a long summer and also because I’m eager to impress my members. By the time week one rolls around I’ve put . . . → Read More: First CSA Share
This weekend we harvested the first CSA share of the season, a big milestone! Everything in the share was beautiful and bright, from the arugula to the old favorite purple yardlong beans, but the highlight was hands down the freshly harvested baby ginger.
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Greek Oregano, a mint relative, has a high oil content and strong aroma. It's a prolific perennial plant and I use it throughout the garden as a border or at the head of planting beds. Once harvested it dries well, but in our kitchen usually makes it into a meal fresh.
Since . . . → Read More: Paramount in the Garden and the Kitchen
My first attempt at growing yard long beans has so far been very rewarding. The bright green vines vigorously grew up the trellising and began flowering within 40 days, which is half the estimated time on the seed packet. A week later, being today, I harvested the first beautiful 5 bunches! They are my . . . → Read More: Yard Long Beans
Looking east at a field of bush bean, squash and kale.
In between 2 snaky rows of red yard long beans climbing on trellises.
Beds of summer squash
"flying saucer" patty pan squash
Sunflower . . . → Read More: October Fields
As you might know, if you’ve read my other post about the peanuts at the garden, this was my first time growing them. Every step has been a guessing game and a learning experience. Deciding to finally harvest the crop was no different. On one hand I wanted to leave them in the ground . . . → Read More: Peanut Harvest
For the past few weeks I’ve been pulling peanuts out of the ground to test if they’re ready. This is my first time growing peanuts so I’m learning.
The first level of checking is tugging at the rootlets and if there is resistance, it’s a sign that the peanut at the other end . . . → Read More: Peanuts, testing for ripeness