Farm Notes Between the rains last week, the farm crew tended tomatoes and harvested garlic. A smattering of heirloom Brandywine tomatoes graced the farmstand, whetting our appetites for the bounty of field tomatoes that will arrive soon. The farm kitchen is basking in the glory of a super successful and delicious Kitchen Table dinner in the field, and is busily prepping and canning the increasing bounty coming in from the fields.
Your farm share this week…
- broccoli or cabbage (pre-packed - cabbage)
- summer squash
- PYO flowers
- cilantro, dill, or basil (pre-packed - basil)
A view from the farm
Thetford Elementary students had a great time with Cat, and our volunteers Kate & Chaim, at the TES Garden party last week!
Farmstand & Kitchen Highlights Sweet corn, dill blossoms & heirloom tomatoes from the fields. Maple blueberry jam, basil walnut pesto, dilly beans, and curtido, which is lacto-fermented cabbage and carrots, (similar to sauerkraut) from the kitchen.
Get Cooking From Asparagus to Zucchini: A Guide to Cooking Farm-Fresh Seasonal Produce from the Madison Area Community Supported Agricultural Coalition, is a farm favorite. From the darling Mint-ato to Cauliflower Potato Curry to Stir Fried Daylily Buds, this cookbook has got you covered. The diverse recipes are arranged by their primary vegetable/fruit ingredient, background information about the vegetable along with cooking and storage tips are provided. Here are some tips for celery from the cookbook. We’ve got copies in the farmstand!
Bad Bugs: Leafhoppers If your legume leaves are turning yellow, your potato leaves are turning brown, or your rose leaves are stippled with white, you might have leafhoppers. They have been showing up in many area gardens.
Growing Tip Did you know you can cut many perennials back and get a second round of growth? Some will even bloom again! Take the last of the blooms and put them in a vase to celebrate them and cut the rest of the plant to the ground to revitalize its growth. More on deadheading and cutting back flowers.
Fall is no longer just for mums It may be high summer but its time to start thinking about transitioning your gardens and planters into cooler months. For the first time ever, we are offering a specially selected collection of annuals that are cool weather tolerant- some will even last well into November. Due to the success of our mixed arrangements this spring we have created several hanging and patio baskets that will bloom through September’s chilly nights. Or, have Michelle or Megan arrange your own basket from our selection of plants. We have a new batch of petunias, grasses, greenery, asters & more and get ready for an extended season of beautiful blooms.
House of Flowers Our geraniums and begonias make excellent indoor plants that will flower on your windowsill while the snow piles up outside. In the summer months take them outside to the porch and let them soak in the sun.
Perennial Sale Many flowers have already come and gone in the garden, leaving you room to plan, rearrange and create next year’s display. Fill the sunny spots with gorgeous perennials like phlox, day lilies, scabiosa (aka: pincushion flowers) and sedum (stonecrop), or try some annuals like geraniums, gerber daisy, and beautiful gazania! Fill the shadier spots with perennials like hostsa’s, huechera (coral bells), or brunnera (perennial forget-me-not), or annuals like impatiens, begonia, or coleus. Perennials are 20% off. Not sure which plants are right for you? Ask for Megan, Michelle, or Cat.
Oh the Taste of Tomatoes! Summer culminates with our Annual Tomato Tasting down by the river on Saturday, August 25 from 2-4. We’ll feature a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes and appetizers, locally grown live music, an exclusive tomato farmers’ market, and hand-made pottery. Register today!
[ July 23, 2012 ]