BE AWARE OF YOUR FALL PAYMENT PLAN You may see a charge bump for this first week of Fall Extension. If you put down 25% of the Fall Extension, expect another 25% charge this Thursday, then back to your weekly usual charge that spreads out the balance over all remaining weeks. Other payment plans might look different, check out yours in your profile or ask me for assistance.
FARM CARDS FOR SALE: Beautiful cards from the farm! Best to order our greeting cards via Harvie Extras, but I'll have them on the table in the Veggie Shed as well this week. Six different cards per pack for $15.
WHAT’S GROWING ON
Two beautiful months of winter squash and the sweetest sweet potatoes, heirloom white potatoes, lingering summer crops, and succulent fall greens. We have a very few pie pumpkins but lots of butternut squash. They can be used interchangeably, even for pie! We’ve planted out tatsoi, bok choi, turnips, scallions, napa cabbage, lettuce and kale. Keep your fingers crossed for fall broccoli in November! Greens can get bodacious and beautiful in the fall, as they did last year, so it will be exciting to see what happens with the cooling temps of fall.
SOUP’S ON! My favorite two soups.
Sweet Potato Minestrone Soup by Moosewood. 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.
Tunisian Pumpkin Soup by Moosewood…This is my go-to soup that I serve at fall bonfires at the farm. I use butternut squash every time for this recipe. The best part is the magic swirl of spices that you swirl into your bowl. It’s garlic, lemon, savory spices and cilantro.
Share your fall soup favorites with me, or better yet, with us all on the Facebook Group called House in the Woods Farm and Friends.
We would like to plan a potato dig soon since we've had enough dry weather for the soil to drain...ready to get the tractor in there to dig some white and sweet potatoes! But if storm Sam comes through, we'll have to keep waiting for the soil to dry. Look for emails with detail when you can come help pick Potatoes!
Flowers--Enjoy the zinnias and pink cockscomb right after the zinnias.
The Bean Hut--continues to provide some. Enjoy!
Candy Lane--the cherry tomatoes keep splitting and falling due to the rain. Enjoy the ones that hang on the vine. Picking a little underripe and letting them ripen on your counter might work best for this week. There might just not be many at all though. Check.
Kiwi Fruit--pick some kiwi berries from the arbor over the Veggie Shed. The squishy wrinkly ones are ready and sweet as can be. You can take a handful of firm ones home and see if they ripen on your counter, if you like.