Harvest Notes – Week 21 November 3rd

November 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

So much drama this season! Just when we thought we would sail smoothly through the end of the CSA with all of our fall greens, two feet of snow fell in October! Many crops had their leaves severely broken and, until the snow melts completely we won’t know the extent of the damage. Yesterday we shoveled snow off of the crops in time to harvest for today’s pick-up.  Right now we think we should be able to finish out the CSA season fine with our crops but we will have to wait a few days to see if the plants recover from their tribulations.

We are all safe here and we hope that each of you has weathered the storm in safety if not comfort. We still don’t have power and aren’t expecting it back for a few days.  We know that many of you also don’t have power and, if your stove is electric, you might not be able to cook this week’s share. Not to worry, everything you are receiving can be eaten raw! Perhaps this is actually an opportunity to experiment with a raw diet. If your refrigerator is down, experiment with storing your veggies outside, at least overnight when temperatures should be perfect for storage. With so much drama this season we have had to search deeply to find the blessings in the chaos. This fall storm has provided the opportunity to take a break from electronics and experiment with living off-the-grid.

We are thinking of all of you- hoping you are warm and able to find the nuggets of blessing during this strange week.

Braising Mix This is a combination of three brassica greens- komatsuna, broccoli raab and bok choi. The good news from all this frigid weather is that these greens sweeten after enduring a frost. Bite into a leaf and you will know what I am talking about. Some of them got a little too cold and sustained some frost damage. We tried to leave all damaged leaves in the field but if you see some discoloration on the leaves- that is the issue. They are still delicious but might not last as long.

Turnips We cut the tops off of the turnips because so many of them broke underneath the snow.  They are yummy raw, roasted or sauteed.

Radishes Today we harvested some of the biggest radishes that Adamah fellow Garth has ever seen. We tasted a number of the roots and they were perfect so we don’t think they sustained any frost damage.

Kale There is a discussion going on right now among the Adamah fellows about which they would prefer- kale and white bean soup or kale and barley soup. They are thawing their fingers and toes in the main building of Isabella Freedman where we have power from a generator. The one thing they can agree on is that you should all make soup this week (if you have the amenities to do so!) to warm you up.

Spinach This crop isn’t phazed at all by cold weather like this. We dug it out from under the snow to find it looking happy as a clam in the sea.

Onions Perfect for a base to a warming stew.

Garlic Something sharp to warm your taste buds!

Apples Snow and ice can’t stop these fellows from bringing in the apple harvest! They picked them on Monday morning after the storm- ladders carefully balanced in the snow. Remember, the funny markings on the skin of the apples is totally harmless and good proof of their lack of pesticides.

Digging the crops out from under the snow

Mira pulls a turnip out of the snow and deems is delicious

Sunday before the storm the Adamah fellows were in Boston on an Urban Agriculture Educational Trip.  Here they are helping dig out some invasive species at the Victory Gardens community education plot.

Fellows also visited the Food Project, a very successful model of urban agriculture and education.

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