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Farm Happenings for September 9, 2021

Posted on September 6th, 2021 by Ilene Freedman



By the way, thank you for supporting our family farm. It means the world to us. We love the "direct to customer" business we have with you and we hope you love the "direct to farmer" produce and farm access you get all season long.

We are already planning for next year's CSA! Auto-renewals will happen in October, so check your Harvie status of "yes or no" for renewal and your preferred payment plan. Or ask me for setup assistance. 

LAST WEEK OF MAIN CSA SEASON is September 30/October 1. Fall extension season is 8 weeks of October and November.

Sweet Potatoes

House in the Woods Farm sweet potatoes are the sweetest! How do we do it? Excellent soil conditions, effectively curing them after picking, and growing an heirloom variety. These sweet potatoes aren’t ordinary sweets. They are an heirloom variety, bred for its flavor. They have a thinner skin than standard varieties. This makes them more difficult to process and wash on a wholesale level, but they are the sweetest sweets around.

To learn more about what it takes to sweeten the sweets, read my blog post: 

3 Favorite Sweet Potato Recipes

Baked Sweet Potatoes. Scrub sweet potatoes and spike a couple holes in them with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees until soft through the middle. Add butter. Eat the skins too, they are very nutritious!

Sweet Potato Fries. Slice sweet potatoes into French fry strips, toss in a bowl with spices and just a little olive oil (just to coat), bake on a cookie sheet at 410 degrees for about 40 minutes.Sweet Potato Minestrone Soup. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into cubes and toss them into a pot of minestrone soup, simmer for 20 minutes or so until potatoes are soft. Sweet potatoes add a great unique dimension to any tomato-base minestrone. Here is my favorite sweet potato minestrone recipe, the Moosewood Restaurant’s Winter Minestrone.

Sweet Potato digging

Digging sweet potatoes is like treasure hunting and fun for all ages. We will try to have some digging available on some CSA pickup days over the next few weeks, so you have a chance to participate. It’s a great way to learn how your food is grown. Maybe you’ve been observing the sweet potatoes growing all season long, as the swatches of sweet potato plants called “slips” became a sea of vines. Some of you even helped plant the sweet potato “slips” in June! Maybe you’ve been eating the leaves like spinach this past week. Time to give it a try! Here is your chance to bring it full circle and help with the harvest of the sweets. For years, we have hosted a Sweet Potato Dig in the fall, open to the community. We collect up hundreds of pounds of sweet potatoes that Phil brings to the surface with the tractor. These digs are fun for all ages. Keep your eye out for more information. 



Aren't the pink Cockscomb flowers in the UPICK flower row just gorgeous? I love how they accent so many great zinnia color combinations.

The Bean Hut--hunt for long purple beans! Just pick a handful, so everyone can find some. 

Candy Lane--Cherry tomato row! The rains earlier in August affected the cherry tomatoes. I expected this. Still hoping for a new flush, but it will depend on warm weather hanging on. Still, check Candy Lane each week. 

Flowers--Zinnias don't love cool rainy conditions either, they can get moldy. Go check on them and enjoy! Accent with the bountiful purple cockscomb growing right after the zinnias.


If this week will be crazy for you, don’t hesitate to press the HOLD button for this week’s pickup. Set it for another week in September and stock up on winter squash and potatoes for later.


You are encouraged to get onto the group and post some recipe inspiration for everyone! Not on the group? Find House in the Woods Farm and Friends and request a join.