Happy Thanksgiving Farm Share members!
In this letter: Farm news, what to do with a Red Kuri squash and some helpful Harvie links especially for new members learning to use the Harvie platform.
We hope you've had a great weekend and have been able to do some celebratory things! Please know that you are one of the reasons we have to be grateful this year - thank you for making our veggies part of your daily life!
We have created our first no till beds! James used several modified implements to create 13 100x6' beds for next year's crops. We have an additional 27 to make this fall, but they went pretty smoothly and only a few adjustments were needed on the equipment. I find it fascinating to see James's creative engineering skills at work! If you are interested to see how the beds were built, I created a reel on Instagram showing how it is being done.
We have seeded our garlic for next year into 7 of those beds and tucked it in with a thick layer of straw to insulate it this winter. (note: we actually insulate garlic against the warm spells in winter as much as the freezing - when the warmth melts the snow cover, the garlic moves upwards in the soil to begin sprouting, and then, when it freezes hard again, the garlic will often die off. Snow is very insulative, but straw provides a consistent temperature when snow cover is inconsistent).
Lastly, this morning I found a bunch of owl feathers next to our chicken coop! We suspect that the unlucky owl swooped down to grab a juicy broiler from our chicken tractor, only to be thwarted by a sturdy mesh. The chicken tractor was a project from our homeschooling days, and we are glad it served its protective purpose!
Red Kuri Squash
This beautifully coloured squash is delicious and easy! We are featuring it in the shares this week. What we love to do with red kuri squash is simply halve it, scoop out the seeds, and cut it into wedges. You don't even have to peel it! We toss the wedges in olive oil or melted coconut oil, and bake it in a hot oven (400 degrees) for 40 minutes or until it is browning and tender. Be sure to flip it halfway through. Take it out and season it simply with salt and pepper. We even like it this way for breakfast! Of course there are a multitude of suggestions online, so let us know if you find something inspired!
Tips for using Harvie
Here are some links for how to use Harvie for rescheduling or putting your share on hold, or information on customizing your share: https://harvie.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/categories/115000048773-Harvie-University-Members
or if you are signed into your account dashboard already click this link: https://www.harvie.farm/contact
As always, please reach out to us if you need assistance on anything farm share related!
Have a great week,
Jenny and James