Thursday, September 11, 2008

2nd Week of September

This Week at the Farm

Rain, glorious rain to revel in: it was a wonderful rain on Saturday that delivered 3 inches of replenishing water in well-mannered fashion. There was also an additional half-inch of rain during the thunderstorm Tuesday morning. Nice cool weather and the feel of fall coincide with
pumpkins, which are part of the harvest today.

WGAL stopped by yesterday to learn about our farm blog which features the newsletter and recipe each week. Share it with your friends!

For farm pictures and observations throughout the year check out:

Did you know?

Lightning and snow both deliver atmospheric nitrogen to plants in small quantities. This is why plants look so perky after a thunderstorm.

Serving Suggestions for the Harvest
  • Pumpkin: Yes, all types of pumpkin are edible, including jack o' lanterns. Decorate with it for a while and then enjoy it in pies, soups and curries, roast the seeds with a little bit of oil. Delicious. Also see pie recipe below.
  • Edamame: See very simple recipe from last week! These are tasty.
  • Leeks: Slice them thinly to avoid chewiness. They have fine flavor and can be used anywhere onions are called for.
  • Tomatoes: They have peaked and are slowing down.
  • Peppers: Great for snacking on raw, or try them roasted with a little oil.
  • Eggplant: Roast or grill with oil, seasonings, brushed with soy sauce... you’ll be singing eggplants praises if you weren’t before.


Pumpkin Pie
[or winter squash pie]
First prepare the pumpkin; cut in half, scrape out the seeds and pulp, and bake in the oven at 350 for an hour, or until tender. Then scrape flesh off of the rind. Prepare and bake a 9 inch pie shell.

In the top of a double boiler, cook over boiling water until thick:
1 1/2 c cooked pumpkin or squash
1 1/2 c undiluted evaporated milk, rich cream, or soy milk
1/2 c brown sugar
1/4 t salt
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ginger
1/8 t cloves
4 slightly beaten eggs
Cool slightly and add 1 t vanilla. (You can also add 3/4 c black walnut meats.) Pour the mixture into the baked pie shell. Serve with whipped cream.

Upcoming Events

September 19
Homefields Golf Tournament
Homefields, our benevolent landlord and host will hold its 12th annual Golf Tournament Sept 19th at Crossgates Golf Course, Millersville. To participate, pick up a copy of the flyer here at the farm or see their website at: Proceeds benefit Homefields.

September 26
Shareholder Celebration of Fall Potluck
5:30 Tour of the fall crops and Q & A time with Scott
6:00 Potluck meal—please bring a hot or cold dish to share, serving utensils and place setting.
You may also wish to bring a flashlight. We will be providing hot beverages.

November: Gift Box Ordering Begins

Mid-November: End of weekly harvest, beginning of self-harvesting for

1 comment:

Judybec said...

I'm going to try that pumpkin pie recipe for sure!
Here's a link to my blog post about the farm...