“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Acorn Squash – All Shares
- Potatoes – All Shares
- Garlic – All Shares
- Green Beans – All Shares
- Hot Peppers – All Shares
- Parsley – All Shares
- Sweet Onion – Full & Single Shares Only
- Lettuce – Full & Single Shares Only
- Radishes – Full & Single Shares Only
- Kale – Single & Half Shares Only
- Bell Peppers – Full Shares Only
- Chard – Full Shares Only
- Tomatoes – Full Shares Only
- Green Onions – Half Shares Only
- Eggplant – Half Shares Only
The first freeze of the year is always a sure sign that the summer crops are over. We usually get some kind of light or moderate frost in September(this year on the 24th). Normally this event lasts one to three nights and can be overcome with some light row cover on a few more sensitive crops that we want to save. Then we are usually frost free for a week or two or three until the next frost comes that is more heavy, or goes lower than 32 degrees. By this point many of the hot summer crops are done for and we concentrate on produce that do well in the colder weather. This is where we presently find ourselves. Tomorrow the crew will be bringing in the remainder of the winter squash and putting row cover over green beans, hot peppers, small chard and some newly planted fall greens. Most of our cover crop has been planted, except for some strips of winter rye, and our garlic field is under cultivation in preparation for a mid-October planting. We also have a 50′ caterpillar tunnel coming next week that will protect some of our late fall share crops.
Crop of the Week: Garlic
I am very excited to bring Garlic to the table as our ‘crop of the week’, and also to your table!
Garlic is a part of the Allium Genus and is closely related to the onion, shallot, leek, chive, and Chinese Onion. This pungent crop is native to Central Asia and northeastern Iran and its use dates back thousands of years. Garlic is a common product worldwide and is grown in many places however, China actually produces 80% of the world’s supply. Here at Earth Dance Farm we grew 6 – 400 ft rows of garlic this year and came out with a pretty nice yield. We will be using a large amount for giving in boxes the rest of this year and the rest for planting in the field. In addition to our own, farmer Norm has been hunting down some organic garlic growers in the area to obtain some poundage of other types as well to incorporate into our stock. We plant individual cloves into the ground in mid-Fall (in about a week or 2)before the ground is too cold and then mulch the rows to keep them insulated for the Winter. The idea is to get them into the ground at the perfect time where they will produce roots but not any shoots. They will then overwinter and start putting out shoots in late Spring the following year and will then turn to garlic scapes, which you had received in your boxes earlier this year. Once the scapes are harvested, the plant can start putting all its energy into the garlic bulb below ground which will then get bigger and after a while be harvested in late Summer/early Fall. We then bundle them and hang them to dry for a few weeks to ‘cure’ them. Something I have noticed about EDF garlic in particular is that the cloves that make up the bulb tend to be larger than average, sometimes seeming that one clove could actually equal 2 or 3.
There are many ways to use garlic, mostly in the kitchen BUT it can also be used as medicine and has been for a very long time. It is said that garlic can help relieve or treat a wide variety of ailments including arthritis, snake and insect bites, parasites, chronic cough, and as an antibiotic to treat infectious diseases. It was even used as an antiseptic to help prevent gangrene during WW1 and WW2. In the kitchen, it is used for its flavor which is quite versatile and can be used in many different dishes across the board. I add garlic to pretty much everything I cook that isn’t a dessert, and I am totally that person who adds more than the recipe calls for!
We hope you enjoy!
Some recipes to try: