With one foot still lingering in the last warm days of summer we are in the midst of the best bounty of the year. Everything seems to be on at once. With each new harvest day a new vegetable is added to the list, meanwhile the amount of summer squash, cucumbers and tomatoes steadily reduces in number. Currently our kitchen is a non-stop whirlwind of canning, freezing and dehydrating as we plan for our winter reserves. I almost forgot what the cabin sounds like without the constant hum of the dehydrator steadily at work. The other day at market I recall a customer asking me if this month could last a little bit longer just so they could take advantage of all the seasonal produce.(…I wish.)
Your box this week contains:
Mustard greens Walla Walla Sweet Onions
Hot Peppers Romaine Lettuce
Carrots Wild Gardens Kale
Mixed Pot Green beans
Heirloom Tomatoes Purple bell peppers
The fall greens have been sweetening up from the cool nights. The mustards are tender with the perfect mix of sweet and pungent. They can be mixed into a salad raw or they are delicious lightly seared with onions. The hot peppers are called Czech Black they are a beautiful mild pepper with similar heat to a jalapeno. I know you got cilantro last week however, we didn’t want to pass up the opportunity to give you all the fixins’ for fresh salsa.
Now all of the onions are out of the ground, half are in the green house while the other half remains windrowed out in the fields to cure. David has been working steadily on harvesting vine dried beans to cure along side the onions in the greenhouse. We are gearing up to do the largest harvest of the season. Within the coming weeks massive amounts of potatoes will be dug and all the winter squash will be picked.
This past week we got the chance to check on our bee hives to see what progress they have made over the summer months. (Also to see if there might be any honey for us to take.) Bees are so brilliant. I am pretty much amazed at every thing they do. We all got a chance to play bee charmer as we handled the screens covered with honey comb and busy bees at work. After the successful round was made to the four active hives we proceeded to make ourselves sick from spoonfuls of the irresistible sweet golden honey.
For any of you that are in the Portland area on September 19th, come visit us at the Alberta Co-op. Located on 15th N.E and Alberta. We will be there with produce in hand from 11a.m -4p.m participating in the Alberta Street Fair.
For those members on a payment plan we have the following date scheduled for receiving your last payment: September 15th $100.00. Please include your member name with the check so that we can make sure to credit your account. Thanks for returning your flattened boxes every week for re-use. It really helps us. As always if you have any questions please call: 360.273.7597.