One of the hardest things for me to do is pull out perfectly beautiful blooming flowers and crops to prep the bed for fall planting..I always procrastinate doing it..I tell myself ” But they look so pretty” and “I will let them stay another week or so because they are blooming still”. Truth be told to be a good farmer you have to ruthless! As pretty as those flowers are right now in August in another 2 weeks they will be looking wore out and my window for a fresh crop of flowers or vegetable crops will be closing. So it’s time to for me to put on my big girl overhauls and do the dirty deed of ripping out these crops and preparing the beds for all the beautiful fall flowers and vegetables this farm thrives on.
We just had a great rain this week and the soil and crops are thankful for it. So am I for the ground has soften up and much easier to work with. August is a hot dry month for us normally..which makes for hard farming..so many of my farming buddies don’t plant for a fall season..many of them just plant out pumpkins in June and call it a day. I love fall crops! The sweetest greens happen in the fall when the weather turns cool..turnip greens, mustard greens and all the asian greens need that cool weather. The bugs have lighten up…the cow peas are buttery and delicious. The sweet potatoes and winter squash are amazing. And the flowers…oh my my…they light up the field in the fall with big bold colors. So yep..I can see the light at the end of tunnel when I have to get ruthless with all these pretties in the field right now. It’s time to get in a fall state of mind.
We still have a few openings for our fall CSA program if you would like to sign up..just visit our CSA link. $99 gets you ready for your first pickup and the program runs late Aug-Oct. In September the balance is due of $110.00 $210 total.
Tips for Fall CSA Shareholders: Get a supply of freezer bags…the fall CSA is a great one for stocking your freezer for winter. I tell our shareholders all the time. Fall CSA is the biggest bang for your buck in terms of the amount of food. The Fall share can take you through those cold winter months with organically grown greens and long term storage crops like sweet potatoes and winter squash.
Once you sign up for the fall CSA you are welcome to come and cut flowers anytime here on the farm. Cutters, flower cans are on the farmhouse porch..make yourself at home in the field.
All the greens in your basket with the exception of lettuce can be preserved. Just give them a minute in boiling water..they will turn bright green..throw them into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process…drain them well..get out as much water as you can..lay them on a cookie sheet..put them into the freezer until they are frozen..then toss them into a freezer bag…label…(please label.)..you think you will remember..but you will open your freezer and think..is that kale, or collard greens? Your done!
Winter squash comes in all sorts of shape and sizes…all of these shouldn’t go into the refrigerator. Store them like potatoes..dark and dry..they last for months. You can use all the squashes with the exception of spaghetti squash to make pies! Yes Pies! They taste like pumpkin and sweet potato pies.. amazing..muffins and breads as well. I love to roast my winter squash…425 oven a little olive oil..herbs or cinnamon and butter…cover with foil and roast for 45 minutes. delicious!