We celebrated Farmer Elizabeth's birthday today at lunchtime, so if you see her wish her a Happy Birthday. We also had a surprise visit from one of our farm crew members who is mending well, so that was great to see.
You don't really think of farming as a sport, but I was contemplating the "hail Mary pass" from football this morning while planting seeds in the field with the seeder. In late summer we always gamble and hope to win with some crops that are a bit of a long shot: they may not mature before killing frost. Here's to one more round of tasty beans in October and some chilly sunflowers.
if you look closely you can see the little seeds down in the furrow before the closing wheels cover and press the soil
Homefields: the founder and owner of the farmland and buildings
Goodwill: the organization that operates Goodwill stores and the farm program here
Goodwill at Homefields Farm CSA: the name of our farm program operated by Goodwill here, but hosted by our gracious landlord, Homefields.
Picnic in the Fields
Music, child-friendly activities, and a spirit of community!
PULLED PORK BAR-B-QUE ON CIABATTA ROLL • GRILLED CHICKEN BREASTS • VEGAN WRAPS • BAKED BEANS • MACARONI SALAD • CHIPS • VEGAN SALAD • BROWNIES • BEVERAGES • BEER menu subject to change
Buy tickets at www.homefields.org.
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Potatoes: whew, these silly potatoes were a hard fought small victory. We are glad for what we were able to eke out, so we hope you enjoy them this week.
Watermelons: the watermelon plants have done their duty and given us some great melons. Shareholders have told us that the Yellow Moon and Stars was not very flavorful, so we will not grow much of it next year. Sorry it did not live up to its billing. We may do a small test planting next year to see if it does any better second time around.
Cantaloupes: the cantaloupes had a fantastic run, but their time in the sun is done. Law Reh mowed down the spent and weedy patch with quiet glee.
Cucumbers: these are all done and and vines shredded to compost them back into the field
Kale/Collards/Senposai: these are surrendering to the hot summer weather as usual. We like to fry these in a skillet with butter or coconut oil until crisp, add some onions and saute them as well--a superb topping for rice, fried eggs or stand alone too.
Cabbage: great for a cabbage and chopped peanut with vinegar salad. Simple and surprisingly good in spite of its simplicity.
Garlic scapes: these are the would-be flowering stems of garlic--soft, tender, easy to use for stir fries, diced for salad, really anywhere a mild garlic flavor is desired. We like to use it for pesto here at the farm.
Napa cabbage: this Asian cabbage is main ingredient in Kimchee, a spicy kraut or relish of sort. The quality is great diminished so we are not harvesting it any more until the new fall crop.
Bok Choi: the joy of choi, this is great for stir fries and goes well with peanuts, cashews, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, peanut butter, chicken. This will return in fall.
Lettuce heads: the lettuce did really well, we hope you enjoyed it.
There are amazingly nice flowers in the Pick Your Own Field. Feel free to pick abundantly. There are also green and ripe chili peppers, okra, tomatillos and Sungolds and other gourmet type tomatoes
General rules of thumb:
If plentiful, take a little more, if scarce, go easy on the crop
For herbs--pinch only the tops of stems so that they can regrow.