Elysian Fields Farm
Wednesday September 8th, 2004
Hello! I hope you are all doing well. We are doing well here at the farm, hoping the rain slows down soon! I hope to prepare the beds for the strawberry plants arriving in two weeks. This is a difficult task if the soil is too wet to work. I have mentioned in past years that the farm purchases strawberry transplants for each fall. This is the common practice in North Carolina, to replant the berries each fall on beds covered in black plastic. The plants over winter and start to produce fruit in early May. I can hardly wait!
Last week I seeded more fall crops in the field, some turnips, radishes, lettuce mix, arugula, spicy lettuce mix, and spinach to name a few. The have germinated and are starting to grow. We should see the lettuce mix and greens mix in two weeks (that is if the sun decides to come back out!).
I have received about 10 emails from folks interested in the winter CSA. I will wait another week or so to see if any one else is interested. I will then get back to those folks who have emailed and let them know which 5 we can accommodate.
Members have received Broccoli Rabe this week in their shares. I have looked through your cookbook, and realize that they do not cover it. Therefore, I wanted to give you some advice on how to best consume it. Every part of what I gave you is edible, stalk, leaves, and if you received one that has sent up a floret, that as well. I have harvested them before all of them have sent up their florets, which broccoli rabe is famous for. I did this for a variety of reasons, but mainly was not confident that they would make it to maturity, as they seemed threatened by weeks and Harlequin Beatles. You can prepare the greenery and stalk as you would any other green, such as kale, chard, collards, turnip greens, etc. Try to stir fry them, or saute them. Let me know what you think!
What to look forward to...
If all goes as planned, you can look forward to the fall crops I mentioned earlier. Head lettuce will also be upon us soon, as well as Kale and other greens. Tomatoes should keep up for another two weeks. We will be seeing more colored peppers, as the plants are responding well to some additional fertilizer I gave them a few weeks ago. Please let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. Thanks! Elise.
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