We are in an autumn state of mind. It's been the theme of the week. Spent yesterday cutting firewood, and today was one of the more gorgeous harvest days we've had: cool and dry with a nice little breeze.
We really like fall here. Not only for its perfectly agreeable weather, but also for its abundance of crops. We have a little bit of everything this time of year! Heat-loving crops like tomatoes and peppers are still going off, and fall greens have made their sophomore debut for the 2013 season! We can hardly decide what to make for dinner every night. (I'm sure our meals make no sense from a chef's perspective of appropriate dish combinations. But it's all delicious and that's what really matters.) If you guys haven't been taking celery or parsley, you should! They're both awesome in chicken salad and potato salad. We ate both this afternoon.
And speaking of fall, it is supposed to get down to 39 degrees tonight! That is too cold for those heat-loving crops I mentioned before. Tomatoes, peppers, basil, eggplants... they are all wusses. But fear not, as we have just spent a bit of the afternoon tucking them in with row cover for the night. They will be just fine. (In related news, tomatoes are slowing down. It is a very sad time of year in that aspect. They will be here this week and in more limited quantities next week.)
No mushrooms this week, but we will have some PEACHES available for you all to buy as an add-on if you so wisely choose. Our friend Chris manages West Haven Farm's orchards and will be selling some certified organic freestone yellow peaches. These peaches are so good. I hate selling things (hands down the hardest part of farming) but by golly, I urge you, do yourself a favor and bring some cash. Prices as follows: 1qt - $6.50; 2qts - $12; 3qts - $16.50; Bulk 8qts - $40
One last thing before the long-awaited vegetable fortune: Aaron's parents will be coming into town tonight and meeting us at the Westy. If you're there on the later end of pick-up, be sure to say hi! They are a good time.
My crystal ball (okay, it's really just a watermelon) tells me that this coming week, you will eat lots of:
Tomatoes (sungolds too!)
Watermelons, musk melons
Asian greens mix
Thanks, as always. We really appreciate you wonderful people!
Kara and Aaron