Thursday, September 18, 2014

CSA 2014 Weeks 13 and 14

Here's some food and pretties from friends and family. This was a day God made me smile. I had worked all day to cook for another family in need and my kids were begging for the bread and corn I was making, but I told them no, their dinner was pizza, these were for another family. Then Melanie Colon dropped off a big loaf of bread while I was out delivering it, and the next morning, Aunt Betsy gave us corn Great-Grandpa grew in his own garden.  We gave away bread and corn and recieved bread and corn. Coincidence...? The orange bits are paper lanterns, also from Betsy, which I intend to string up prettily someplace.

CSA Week 13. Officially half way through the season at that point. Some of those Squash are from my garden. Some from the CSA. I don't remember which are which. And some are missing because they got used before the picture. The apples were half gone at the time of this picture as well.

Tons of "lemon" cukes, some carrots, chives, two melons, peaches and lettuce. And tomatoes, but a lot less than I started with (the bowl was over-full!) and you can see why.

Tomatoes, tomatoes, peppers piled high, herbs, and more purslane.


And now for Week 14:

The continued attack of the killer tomatoes. cukes, green onions, kale, radishes, apples, pears,  red leaf lettuce, and some peppers. This all came from the store pick up part of the share that day. The bag of tomatoes were seconds with bad spots that I sauced the same night.

This was the stuff from the field. 6 corn, a bag of eggplant, a bag of little toms, A tonnage of peppers (I've been slicing and freezing them for stir fry and pizza toppings, and making stuffed peppers filled with rice and beans and frozen), and hot peppers. Oh, and more toms. I picked them green on purpose, because I realized I couldn't keep up with processing them all on the weekend and I wanted to let them ripen on the counter and make salsa mid week too.

Thyme, lavender, parsley, kale, chard, kale...
Week 15 was last week and tomorrow is week 16 pick up. The days are getting cool and dark early. By the time I get out to the U-pick the sun is often setting. I feel the season coming into fall. More corn, the last of the beans, the last of the tomatoes picked green, more herbs, pears, boat loads of apples, winter squash and pumpkins are ahead.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CSA 2014 Weeks 11 and 12

Back at the farm! More CSA delights...

Let's start with the herbs for the 11th week. The big mass up there is purslane. I turned it into more purslane soup, and I took pictures while I worked, in case i ever have enough free time to make a blog post about it. It's not rally a CSA offering, per se... It's an edible weed they happen to have an abundance of between the actual cultivated plants. Starting on the left is parsley, a small bunch of rosemary, broadleaf sage, lavender (w/ characteristic purple flowers), chives, and oregano.

Next up: the greens. Chard, curly leaf kale, and what I call dino kale. I mostly dry this stuff, crunch it up and hide it in almost everything we cook. The chard stems I chop up and freeze to add to stirfry. The kale stems I feed to chickens. Both types of kale are surprisingly yummy covered in olive oil, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper. but what isn't, right?

Lettuce is back. Carrots, hot peppers, parsley, cukes, 3 pts nectarines, bok choy, leeks tomatoes, and center to it all, the earliest first apples of the season! Organic no less (those are some serious overachievers). Also, gone. They were delicious. As were the nectarines. Leeks became soup with the afore pictured purslane, tomatoes and hot peppers became salsa (along with some other stuff). Bok choy got stir fried, and some frozen for future stir fry (mixed it up with stems from the shard).

What the heck?!? Who in their right mind would take that many jalepeno peppers?!? Me. They were free. And since I discovered that the flesh is not spicy, I was thinking of deseeding them (the seeds are the hot part!) and pickling them. We'll see. More and more and more and more tomatoes (mostly for salsa, some for salad and snacking). And some peppers that don't want to engulf your digestive tract in flames. Nice peppers.
There were more of those fresh baked roundish things. It didn't last long before the picture. I kind of threw them in the kitchen and the sharks, I mean short people, were distracted while I unloaded the car.

Something for me, and more fudge for Chris.

New basil plant for the garden!

That was week 11. NOW for week 12.

Tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes, tomatoes. And more early apples, and the first CSA potatoes. There were actually more tomatoes than in the photos here, but I gave them away and took them to picnics.

Squashes, Sweet peppers of all colors and shapes, Two normal cukes, and two cukes masquerading as lemons. We're not convinced, guys.

Four quarts of peaches, 3 squash, peppers of the sweet persuasion. And... two 'lil melons! Cool beans (no beans though.)

Kale, parsley, lavender, oregano, thyme.

Kale, more kale, chives, more chives (from my friend Georgia who i ran into at the CSA! I gave her an eggplant.) thyme, sage.

Half of the flowers went to my mom and my mom in law. These are the half that stayed to brighten the clutter in my kitchen.

Friday, August 8, 2014

CSA 2014 Weeks 9 and 10

Just what you've come to expect from me. More food pix. Only I was sick last week so I only had this snap shot:

Which isn't even half of what I picked up. I had another trug totally full of zucchini, cukes and eggplant. In the picture above I believe there were cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes, cukes, plums, nectarines, parsley, red onions, tomatillos, and sugar beets. Undepicted are all of the u-pick (above mentioned) further cukes, eggplant, zukes, all the herbs and the cherry tomatoes. I felt bad for sleeping and not taking photographs of the fresh produce, but I did have some still left over from last week in the fridge today. I took a picture of the left overs.

They're beautiful because of the composition and the contrasting colors.

Then I thought I could show you where most of the rest of it is, the stuff we didn't consume yet.

The back row is populated by some ugly looking concentrated soup broth, which I've made out of veggie peelings. It works like this- scrub veggies, then peel them for everyday eating and cooking and throw the peels in a reused icecream bin in the freezer. Include wimpy veggies before they go bad too. Also carrot tops and general edible but not so appetizing trimmings. When the bucket is full, boil it on the stove until everything is mush and blend it together. At this point you can make it into icecubes and use it for soup stock! Which is what I've been doing for a while. But the Ziplocks of veg broth were taking up my freezer, so I used the new pressure canner Chris bought me to preserve them (spell check wants me to say I used my new pressure canary. I am very amused.)

The next row is various things in the fridge like zuke and onions and cabbage, all pickled and water bath canned. The cute jars are cuke and zuke pickles too.

Above more stuff but these are from the fridge, not the shelf. Watermelon rind pickles, which, um, yum! Who knew? Quit throwing those out! Next is grilled eggplant in olive oil and basil, garlic scapes, and (an almost eaten) fridge pickled tomatilloes.

The CSA garden at my farm.  The herbs are really full and seemingly endless! I am running three food dehydrators a lot of the week. It really is a wonderful olfactory experience.

A full trug of herbs. I think that was thai basil and savory on top there.

I bought the corn and the dill weed. $13.00.

Kale, celery greens, carrots, onions, zuke, cukes, and jalapenos.

2 Qts Nectarines, Pt plums, Qt doughnut peaches, 1/2 pt yellow pear toms, tomatilloes, husk cherries, Egg plant, sweet peppers, and- off to the left- cayenne. Gwen helped to arrange the eggplant. and peppers. But wait! There's more!

Herbs! rosemary, lavender, parsley, lemongrass, and sage. Also, I picked a bunch of purselane weed. Maybe I can try a purselane soup.

I met a man sharing his new refreshing carbonated tea. I wish I'd taken his picture, but I thought that might be weird, but now I realize that he would have probably enjoyed my blog exposure. All 20 views! Is that awkward silence I hear? Okay, maybe not. But here is the drink I bought from him.

And yes, my globe is wearing a hat. Don't judge.

I bought Chris one of his favorite veggies. Fudge of the peanut butter variety.

Also, remember those sad looking flowers I swore perked up? Well, they're compost now, but their memory lives on here with the picture I promised to share.

I love being at the farm. I want to work there, live there. I hate to leave.
Soak up the sun people! Love you! ~n<3

Friday, July 25, 2014

CSA 2014 Weeks 7 and 8

A quick update...

A couple weeks ago, I had tons of cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, onions, and kohlrabi piling up in my fridge. Kalah helped chop those down and we made something like pickles out of them We haven't tried the ones we canned and stored in the pantry yet, but the fridge pickled cabbage came out delicious!

That made some room in the fridge for another CSA haul last week, which looked like this:

Introduced by Chris, Jeff and Sam are, Basil, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme Kale, 2 Green Onion (one was a napa cabbage trade), Carrots, 2 Lettuce, 2 Eggplant, 1 Zuke, 3 Cukes, 1 Qt Peaches, 1Pt Nectarines,  1/2 Pt Raspberries, 1/2 Pt Blueberries and a hatful of Black Currant Leaves (by special request, for tea making)

Now, this week I had to take 2 pictures, as it no longer all fit on the counter at once!

Again I traded away fennel. This time it was for Chard. Because one wasn't enough apparently. Kale, Chard, Dino Kale, Carrots, 2Pts Eggplant, 1 Qt Peaches, 4 Pts Plums, Cabbage, 2 Lbs Zukes, 3 Lbs Cukes, 1 Lb Tomatoes....

Sage, Thyme, Lavender, Lemon Grass, Lemon Balm, Parsley, and flowers! (they perked up with water, cross my heart. I'll take another photo tomorrow.)

I didn't mean to pick lemon balm. Heaven knows I have enough of the weed, er, herb in my own garden as it is! I mistook it for mint when i asked Gwen to pick it for me.

The herbs were unlimited U-pick, so I want to find out if it's kosher for me to go back in the morning for more.

I'm currently running 3 dehydrators, 2 I borrowed.

Monday, July 14, 2014

CSA 2014 Weeks 4, 5, and 6

Continuing the CSA saga, above is the photo of my last pick up in June. Pictured are kale, turnips, chives, broccoli, peas, red cabbage, two red leaf lettuce, and escarole. Please note that there are two chives, as I felt compelled to swap my fennel for a chive from the swap box. I am not ready to try fennel yet as it smells like licorice which is not my favorite flavor. I will try it some day, however, when my resolve grows steelier, or when I steal it (my resolve that is, not the fennel). Also note, there is no kohlrabi. This was an oversight, as I was supposed to collect it, but it got missed because I was scatterbrained. Possibly the effect of the fennel.

My cat would like to introduce this next CSA photo. Pictured here is the first week of July's haul. There is 1/2 gallon of apple cider, basil, two lettuce,cauliflower, zucchini, spicy leaf lettuce blend in a bag, green cabbage, garlic scapes, green onions, radicchio and blue and raspberries (mostly eaten on the way home by the troupe). Not seen here are some Blackcurrants, which were not enough to turn into anything jammish and I'm not really sure what to do with. Also, note that there are now three kohlrabi. I asked nicely about getting one since I had missed it the week before, and the kindly young lady brought me three. I thought she meant for me to pick one of them, but she put all three in my bag. Included in the picture is a hidden secret. That Cooler everything is on? It's totally packed with peas. That week was all you could pick peas included in the share! We would have picked more except we had to go to another engagement. We ate quite a bit of those peas fresh, and the rest I blanched and froze for stirfry.

Here's some pictures of the family doing U-pick that weekend:

 The following weekend, last weekend, I made a stop at Meadowbrook farms and picked up some (hopefully) fertilized eggs for my mother's broody hen to sit on. The funny thing is that Meadowbrook is the farm that adopted our roosters! So the eggs might be their progeny.

My Mom's Broody Hen
Ducky, Lord Ruler Supreme...

...not to be confused with Ducks.

 Then I went to the other farm. The Fishkill Farms one. I U-picked (I-Picked?) the blueberries (one pint) and the green beans. I picked up red onions, kale, radicchio, red lettuce, green lettuce, leaf celery, carrots, 2 zukes, and a few apricots. They came home in a basket next to me in the van. I will bring the basket again next week as it was much easier to transport than the bags.

Other things I did, but are not pictured here- I went to Ithaca with Kalah and we went to a little farm market. Among other sundries, I bought a bushel of pickling cukes, which I turned into... pickles, 10 quarts. Kalah and I made an attempt at turning much of the remaining CSA produce into more veggie pickles this evening. 5 quarts of those. We'll see how it all tastes after a few weeks mellowing out in the pantry!