Extended Summer!

This week we’ll be harvesting:

  • Tomatoes
  • Snow peas
  • Canteloupe
  • Peruvian Purple Fingerling Potatoes
  • Spicy Mesclun Salad Mix
  • Baby Summer Squash
  • Sweet Peppers…………………

And possibly green onions, sunflowers, eggplant, and collard greens.

Because I’m Still In Love With You On This Harvest Moon

The weather is cooperating with us this week!  We’ll see if it can hang on long enough to make up for the extended cool spring but we’re not counting on it.  In the meantime, we can all enjoy the fruits of our labor.  Sweet and hot peppers, tomatoes, corn, and melons…the list goes on and we are grateful to the weather gods for the colors that continue to brighten in the garden. 

With the Vernal Equinox and a Harvest moon on Thursday, we are aware of what lies ahead…food preservation, and a lot of it.  For the past three years we have learned to preserve a lot of food.  This is the first year that we have used a pressure cooker that allows us to process low-acid foods such as corn, green beans, eggplant, etc. that could otherwise not be safely processed in a hot-water bath.   

 This week we gave tomatoes-mostly romas, which are for cooking so they’re not going to be the best tomatoes to eat fresh.  We also gave canteloupes again, and they should be eaten right away because we wait to harvest them until they are falling, or already have fallen off the stem.  That means they are the sweetest they could possibly be but they won’t last very long, so eat ’em up!

The weather should be holding through next week so cross your fingers for more red sweet peppers and heirloom tomatoes.   If anyone wants to check out the garden, now is the time.   In a week or two the hot crops will probably be brown, and maybe even in the compost piles, so come check it out!  We’ll be in the garden a lot this week so get a hold of us and come see your food growing!

Here Comes Fall in a Serious Way

This week, we’re thinking:

  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Turnips
  • Melons
  • Sunflowers
  • Beans
  • Summer Squash

This Week…

We’re planning on harvesting:

  • Broccoli
  • Sweet peppers!
  • Tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Cantaloupe
  • Eggplant?
  • Mustard greens
  • Mixed hot peppers

And Again

Forgive the lack of detailed post – we got late notice of a freeze warning tonight and have been covering the garden. Update and recipes mañana. And good vibes for the plants – keep your fingers crossed!

Wishin’ and Hopin’

The “tentative list of veggies” becomes much more tentative in weather like this but this week, we’ll be harvesting:

  • Broccoli
  • Corn
  • Sweet peppers
  • Chard
  • Green Beans
  • Parsley
  • Summer Squash
  • Chives
  • Tomatoes (depends on the night-time temps!)

SAFE!

You’ll be happy to know that most everything survived the night here at Hand-dug Hopeful Farm. The squashes (winter and summer) already looked bad, and now they look worse.  Other than that, though, the plants are lookin’ good. Now we should be safe for at least five more minutes, until the next “unseasonably” cold night (I put that in quotes because, really, what is seasonable around here?).  But according to our sources, it was 27°F in Redmond last night… so we should consider ourselves lucky.

Cruel, Cool Summer

Last night was chilly… and the plants at our place felt it. We lost most of the winter squash and few of the tomatoes were touched, too. The russet potatoes were hit hard, but they had already begun to senesce (die back for winter) so hopefully it won’t matter too much to their yield. Tonight there’s a freeze warning, so everyone cross your fingers and send whatever powers you have (prayers, love, vibes, wishes…) to help those cold little plants make it through the night. We spent several hours this evening covering tomatoes, some squash, and some potatoes, but the rest is at the mercy of the weather.  Corn, beans, cukes, sweet potatoes, the rest of the summer and winter squashes, the rest of the potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and melons… yikes! At least the latter three are in the hoophouses, which should save them. But no promises.

We spent some time debating about whether to pull the tomato plants and hang them in the garage (the tomatoes will continue to ripen that way) but since it’s such a huge task, and the nights are supposed to warm up after this, we decided the best choice is to cover and hope.

Hope and faith – I learned them growing vegetables.

Real Food Issues

    We want to announce a couple upcoming events involving the local food system that you may be interested in.  The Central Oregon Food Summit will be happening next Friday, September 10, from 9am to 4pm. Check out the website for more information and think about going and taking part in developing a local food system that this community needs.

    Another event that will be going on the same weekend, September 9-11, is the Real Food and Resistance Conference. Lierre Keith, the author of The Vegetarian Myth, will be speaking two days.  It should be pretty awesome and more politically charged than the Food Summit will be.

    Events like these are crucial for members of the community to be involved in.  Joining a CSA shows your interest in fresh, local and sustainably produced food, but to secure the ability of local farmers to produce food, we need the support of people who desire a food system that works for Central Oregon.

    This week we gave you summer squash blossoms.  Not everyone is familiar cooking with them, but here is link to a squash blossom recipe that will make you a fan.

    Roasting the tomatillos is a great way to use them, you can add them to all kinds of dishes.  Just remember if you do roast them to poke holes (like potatoes) because they can burst open with hot liquid flying all directions.

    We have not found the jalepenos to be terribly hot but check before forging ahead.

    There were just a few tomatoes this week, it’s still a painful wait, but weather permitting, we’ll have more and more every week.  The sweet peppers are turning colors now as well.  Tomorrow night is going to be chilly, maybe around 36 degrees, hopefully it will be just a one night affair though.

    Now It Starts to Get Exciting

    For week 12 (that would be this week), we are hoping to harvest::

    • Kale
    • Green Onions
    • Garlic
    • Tomatoes
    • Tomatillos
    • Corn
    • Carrots
    • Summer Savory
    • Jalepeño

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