Harvest Notes – Week 17 October 6thOctober 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
Usually we would greet our fall radishes and salad with a tired welcome. We’d be exhausted from hauling the last of the summer’s tomatoes and eggplant; tired of organizing and reorganizing the cooler which would be overflowing with cabbage and carrots and beets and broccoli and more. We would pick the radishes and salad quickly in between harvesting broccoli and rutabegas and potatoes and pumpkins. Our muscles would be sore from bringing the last of the warm weather crops in before frost and we would be looking forward to the days of cocoa and novels ahead.
This radish and salad harvest, however, was nothing like that. We greeted those crops with horns and fanfare this morning, giddy in the crisp morning sunshine with our knives and rubber bands. After so many weeks of life without abundance in the vegetable fields, not a single leaf was taken for granted but rather seen for the miracles they are. We hope you enjoy this unique Adamah harvest as much as we are in this strange and challenging season.
Salad Mix The long awaited harvest of our Beebe field has arrived! This is a mix of baby lettuce and baby mustard leaves. The lettuce brings some familiar salad flavor, the mustards lend some zing and both are succulent and incredibly fresh.
Radishes The juicy, spicy harvest is another much anticipated treat. Add these raw to your salad or, as some friends of mine from Mexico do, slice them up and put them on tacos. I also love to roast or saute radishes with olive oil and salt.
Kale Keep on eating those greens! Recently the Isabella Freedman dining hall made an amazing massaged kale dish with almonds, raisins and balsamic vinegar that I recommend trying out.
Mint Use in refreshing teas, hot chocolate, baked goods, ice cream, mint julips, yogurt, curries, and beyond. It can be soothing to the tummy.
Apples We picked these from a nearby orchard under Wednesday’s soft autumn sunshine. They have not been sprayed and they where the evidence on their skin. Any discoloration or speckle you see are totally and completely edible. Blemish-free organic apples are really hard to grow in our humid climate so we accept these imperfections with gratitude for poison-free local fruit.
Napa Cabbage We bought this cabbage from a nearby, certified organic farm in Hillsdale New York called Markristo. A few years ago I attended a workshop at Markristo on tractor safety so not only do we owe this week’s napa to them but also our injury free season of safe tractor driving. Slice up this Asian cabbage thin for salads or cut it up into chunks for stir-fries. You could also try your hand at your own lacto-fermented kim-chi!
Tomatoes We have a few tomato plants in our unheated hoophouse and this week they fruited just enough to give one to each of you! Unfortunately, some of them are quite small but the good new is that such scarcity can inspire an experience of truly savoring what there is.
Garlic More garlic! These heads are nice and dry so they should store fine on your kitchen counter.
Onions Here in the Adamah office I just wondered aloud, what else can I say about onions after so many weeks? Sarah suggested this ingenious statement:
Because of the sukkot holiday, next week’s pick-up will be on Tuesday, October 11th. Shares will be in their usual location and you can pick them up whenever you can but of course they will be freshest on Tuesday at 3 pm.
Also, due to the holiday of simhat torah, the following delivery will also be on the Tuesday of that week, October 18th. Here is a list of the rest of this season’s pick-ups:
Tuesday October 11th
Tuesday October 18th
Thursday October 27th
Thursday November 10th
Thursday November 17th