Thursday, October 13, 2011

Putting it all away

The weather has been pretty nice this fall allowing us to be able to attend to the important task of storing our vegetables for winter!  We've worked hard all season growing this cabbage from seed then planting, weeding, cultivating, hand weeding and now harvesting.  Bugs were definitely there, but we did not let them devastate the crop.  The heads are beautiful and plentiful! We've grown a lot more red cabbages this year and about the same amount of green as past years. You can count on this farm for local, certified organic cabbages until well into next year!  This is definitely a crop that does not have to be imported!
We've also grown Savoy Cabbages this year and Brussel Spouts and Celeriac (aka Root Celery).  These crops will all tolerate frost. I find the Brussel's get sweeter after a good frost! The celeriac will have to all be topped and binned for the winter.  We leave the roots nice and dirty and cut and clean as needed per the winter months for market sales.  Celeriac is one of those yummy specialty vegetables a lot of folks question what to do with.  It is lovely roasted, added to mashed potatoes, with chicken soup or even a creamy soup on it's own. Beautiful celery aroma and flavor! I've made an awesome cabbage, apple, celeriac slaw that is certainly enjoyed!
Another crop that gets sweeter as the weather gets colder is Spinach! I love spinach!  My mother hands down makes the best spinach dip around with tons of garlic! Spinach lasagna, creamed spinach and eggs, fresh spinach salad with heirloom tomatoes etc,etc. We'll harvest spinach until it is completely covered with snow!! A great time of year to get your fill for sure!
The harvest this year includes a lot of Beets as well!  Tops survive a good frost, so we'll keep bringing the bunches for a while yet!  Later this month we will begin to top and bin up all the beet root for winter storage.  It's a healthy looking crop this year so we should have some great beets to offer well into the winter months.
 I took this pic a couple days ago in the morning.  Lots of beets, spinach and the last planting of our sweet corn in the back ground! As the weather gets colder, we'll still have lots of local, organic goodies to offer not to worry! See all at markets!!