Thursday, September 3, 2009

Week 11

Hello from Kicking Mule Farm! We are well into the full fall time harvest and you can look forward to the following items this week:
Melon (either water or galia)*
Delicata Winter Squash*
Yukon Gold Potatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes
Daikon Radish
Green Bell Peppers and maybe mini Yellow Bell
Jalapeno Peppers (dark green)
Banana Peppers (yellowish green)
Hungarian Peppers (orange)
Japanese Eggplant
Thai & Sweet Basil
Italian Parsley
Yellow Zucchini
Red Russian or Dino Kale
Collards or Green Chard
Some areas of the garden are exploding, such as the tomatoes, melons, squash, and peppers. Other areas are dying back in their foliage, but maintaining a constant and consistent supply of vegetables. We have nearly stopped weeding, as that has slowed down as well. Instead, harvesting has become a daily gig in order to keep up with the tomato situation. We have eight varieties, all of which seem to be coming along well. In our household alone we have put up close to 50 jars of pickles and frozen brocolli and green beans for winter use. Tomorrow in addition to packing your CSAs we will attempt a mass salsa and spagetti sauce canning marathon.
It is a bittersweet time on the farm as we feel the chill in the night air and see the flowers fading back. Fall is nearly here and the kids will both be in school, an end to a very lovely and way-to-fast part of parenting. Steve and I have been busy at our other jobs and I said goodbye to folks I consider family at the co-op I worked at in Minneapolis. Life is oh so good, but sometimes I wish it would just slow down and let me savor it a bit more.
As promised, some recent photos.

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