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Week 16 Newsletter (October 5,2017)

Week 16 Newsletter (October 5, 2017)

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -John Muir

Freshly harvested Delicata and Sweet Dumpling Squash

Week 16 crop list

  • Sweet Dumpling squash – all
  • Green beans – all
  • Radishes – all
  • Red Kale – all
  • Purple carrots – all
  • Kohlrabi – all
  • Iceberg lettuce – all
  • Thyme – all
  • Peppers – all
  • Onions – all
  • Tomatoes – all
  • Potatoes – full, single
  • Eggplant – full
Week 16 (Full Share)

Farmer notes

  • Beautifully crisp fall mornings have arrived
  • Tomatoes and eggplant are set to be mowed down
  • Our first try with Iceberg lettuce with mixed results
  • Thyme goes well with potatoes or winter squash
  • The squash can keep for about one month if dark, dry, and cool
  • Paper Lantern (habenero pepper) are small, red, and 5 star hot
  • Can you believe green beans in October?
  • The kids should enjoy our purple carrots
  • Only 2 more boxes coming after this week for the summer share
  • Check out the farmer’s article for details on our FARM PARTY
  • Please keep returning all of our stuff
  • Wash your produce before you eat it
All of the Peppers from the farm, with a heat scale 0-5

Fall Farm Festival

Most CSA’s host some different opportunities to gather their members at the farm for a social, work or learning event.  Earth Dance Farm has a couple of field days where folks can partake in the work at hand, a camping weekend to relax and enjoy the quiet beauty and our Fall Gathering to celebrate a year of good food.  All of these have a primary purpose of getting folks out to the farm.  One fundamental leg of the CSA model is to bridge the gap between the farmer and the consumer:  you can visit the farm at any time, you have the opportunity to meet the people who are growing your produce, you can walk on the land or help out if you wish.

Here is the itinerary for this year’s get-together:

Saturday October 21

  • Come anytime between 2 and 8 and stay as long as you want
  • Walking tours of the farm 3, 4, 5
  • Food (Chili, cornbread, pumpkin bars, carrots + apples) and drink after 5
  • Smudge stick workshop 4:30, 5:30
  • Yoga on the lawn 5:30 – 6:00
  • Horse grooming/rides 5 – 6
  • Hay rides to the pumpkin patch 5, 5:30, 6
  • Bonfire throughout the evening
  • Large yard with lawn activities

We would love to have you join us on this day to honor the season of bounty and to enjoy some time on the farm!  Hope to see you here!!!

Storing Peppers

Peppers, hot or not, can be dried in many different ways and they store well. Removing the moisture from any pepper will intensify the heat, flavor, and aromatics. Dehydrated peppers will add more intensity to any dish you are preparing, and can add a nice kick to a seasoning mix.

Peppers can be hand dried by hanging them up on a string line anywhere in your house, or oven dried, sliced in half on a sheet pan at a very low temperature, this method can take up to 12 hours or a few days. They also can be placed fresh and whole into a tightly sealed glass jar and stored for up to 3 years, if you dice them up for storage they hold their flavor for about a year.

No matter where you dry your peppers be cautious of capsicum, which is the heat producing ingredient in peppers that can be transferred to whomever is handling it. Be especially mindful of the Paper Lantern (Habenero) you all are receiving this week, they are very HOT!!

The pumpkins are looking great

Thank you for reading and thank you for supporting local and sustainable agriculture. Enjoy your produce! Like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @EarthDanceFarm!

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