Fall Week 2: A Bit of Everything

Delicious Fall!

Delicious Fall!

THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:

• Shelling Beans
• Cucumbers or Summer Squash
• Brazilian Broccoli or Cauliflower
• Baby Corn
• Choice of Greens
• Thyme or Cilantro
• Tomatoes
• Garlic

Click on the links above for information and recipes about these crops.

COMING SOON: Cauliflower, Spinach, Green Beans

The big reason to write a post this week is because…BABY CORN!

I've had a hankering to try growing baby corn for a few years, and this year I got it planted. They're cute, but they're also delicious stir-fried with broccoli, sauéed in butter, or used in soup. Very tasty!

I’ve had a hankering to try growing baby corn for a few years, and this year I got it planted. They’re cute, but they’re also delicious stir-fried with broccoli, sauéed in butter, or used in soup. Very tasty!

So many questions!
1. It can be from ANY kind of corn, as long as it’s picked before being pollinated
2. Yes, shuck it (take off the husk and silkinesses) and eat the whole thing, cob and all!
3. How? Stir-fry, sauté, steam and use in salad, or put it in soup. I’m sure there are many more ways to enjoy it, but definitely look at it first and admire its’ adorableness.

Here's a baby corn, stir-fried with broccoli, green onions, and part of a red pepper.

Here’s a baby corn, stir-fried with broccoli, green onions, and part of a red pepper

Fall is definitely here. Rain and cooler temperatures are welcome, but so are the occasional warm spells. This makes layering important: I’ve lost two shirts in the field in the last week. So bright layers are the best…gray, not so much. Blends in with the field of broccoli leaves amazingly well. I’ll find that shirt someday!

A couple of exciting things:
1. It’s time to order seed-garlic. That’s about a $3,000 bill right now.
2. We are really excited that we received a grant to put up two more big greenhouses! A gift of $8,000 in total! However, it’s a reimbursement, and we won’t get it until the greenhouses are completed and inspected.

So, we are in need of some help. Both purchases need to be made by the end of September!

HONEY CLUB!
Every winter we offer up 12 or so full-year CSA memberships in our Honey Club. Basically, this is an extra-early prepayment and commitment to our farm for the full upcoming year. Participants get a super discount on the CSA vegetables, AND they get a quart of our delicious farm HONEY! If you are able to help us out by prepaying for 2016’s super-amazing-to-be farm season, April-December, please let us know! We can definitely use the help. Small Share full-season will be $850 ($975 value) and Large Share full-season will be $1,400 ($1,600 value). (For Seattle delivery, add $75 for the full season.)

Those two new greenhouses will give us a lot more space to grow early crops for spring/early summer AND fall/winter greens. We are already planting green onions, lettuce, basil, and lettuce. Imagine what we can do with two more!

The big crop of Fall and Winter Brassicas are looking really good! We should be picking in October, and into the winter!

The big crop of Fall and Winter Brassicas are looking really good! We should be picking in October, and into the winter!

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