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Sept. 10, 2013

Posted 9/29/2013 12:52pm by Don Kretschmann.

Sept. 10, 2013

Greetings from the Kretschmanns,

   Since we got 2" of rain on Aug. 27, we've had less than a quarter of an inch. This has been great to get some field work done (like seeding the cover crops winter peas, vetch, and oats), transplanting another several cycles of lettuce, and to harvest without interruption.  But two weeks with no rain and our pond full of water we've begun again to irrigate crops in need.  We thought we'd get some new potatoes harvested yesterday after picking beans all morning.  Because the forecast said only 30-40% chance of rain all week, I grabbed Todd to help move some drip irrigation lines which then could be connected for the late day water.  As we were finishing, we noticed dark clouds to the northwest and Todd said, "Remember the last time we laid drips?  It rained." To which I responded, "That would be great."  Not 5 minutes later, we were all chased from the fields by a downpour!  Coincidence?  It happens so often it's hard to ignore.  My neighbor, Tom Brenckle says he thinks a mock cardboard irrigation pump dragged out to the creek would cause rain.  

   We hope you enjoyed the tomatoes the last few weeks as much as we have.  They've been welcome at nearly every meal--sliced raw, cooked, roasted; red, pink, purple, green and yellow; magically transformed by herb, dressing, or cheese; just naked. The glut is abating and they are slowing down now. 

   We had mentioned earlier that the spring beet planting was disappointing.  The additional spring planting we did later looked great at first, but then grew unevenly throughout the summer.  We hadn't picked them earlier because the tops weren't very nice looking.  These we harvested last week getting a good quantity--you've got some in the box.  The fall beets are gorgeous to behold.

   The green beans are a variety called EZ Pik.  In our opinion, they are the tastiest of all beans-so tasty, even the Mexican bean beetles know.  Thus we only plant them late in the season because earlier, they'd attract the beetles and you'd have beetles eating the beans all season long. We'll have beans for the next several weeks.

Enjoying the beautiful sunsets , herons on the full pond, and crisp fall evenings, we are, your farmers,

--Don, Becky & the Farm Crew

Coming Events: Broccoli is beginning to head (great to have the rain now, for it); Greens--swiss chard & kale;  Winter squashes--acorn, carnival, butternut, spaghetti; Apple cider--we'll cycle through the delivery days, not all will get it in one week; Green beans; Mesclun;  2-3 weeks--cauliflower. 


String Bean Salad:  Boil or steam 1 lb. string beans.  Combine 1/4 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. vinegar, 1 clove mince garlic, salt an pepper.  Pour over bean. Add 2 sliced tomatoes and 1 sliced onion.

Haricots Verts Lyonnaise:  Steam or boil 1# tender young green beans 5 min. then drain and immediately plunge in ice water.  Drain.  Meanwhile sauté 1 clove minced garlic in 2 tbs. butter, then add 1 thinly sliced red onion and sauté 5 min. until slightly carmelized.   Add ¼ tsp fresh thyme and the green beans.  Allow to heat and then add 2 tbs. wine vinegar.  Add salt, pepper, and nutmeg to taste. Top with 1 tbs. chopped

Beets with Toasted Walnuts:  Bake 1/2 c. walnuts on a cookie sheet 300 deg. 15 min.

Either wrap 4-5 beets inALfoil and bake 1hr.@375 or boil 25 min. or until tender when pierced with knife.  Meanwhile, beat 1 c. yogurt until smooth, then add 3 tbs. chopped fresh basil, and the walnuts.  Peel beets when you can handle them, quarter, place in bowl. Spoon dressing over beets; basil garnish.

Basil-Herbed Hearty Mediterranean Salad:  Cook and cool any tiny grain or milled grain like couscous, kasha, buckwheat groats, or quinoa.  Make sufficient for 2 c.  Mix with 2 c. diced tomatoes,  1 clove minced garlic, 1 c. diced peppers, 1 c. chopped fresh basil, 1/2 c. shredded carrots (or 1 c. cucumber or zucchini), 1/2 c. shredded feta cheese.  Drizzle over top 1/2 c. olive oil, 1/4 c. lemon juice & toss well. Salt and pepper to taste


Billing Notes: Payments for the remainder of the season are now due.  We'd appreciate your attention to this detail.  We were up to date at the beginning of Sept. and have been entering most of the changes to that total as they occur.  We look through carefully to readjust again in Dec.  At that time you can either roll it over into a deposit for next season, or we'll send a refund check.  Chickens will be totaled at that time to accurately charge against the $20/bird estimate you have paid.  All is eventually credited so you pay only for what you get. Remember to let us know if you want to donate a canceled box and if you are a light share, whether you want to miss three weeks in a row or to swap cycles and just miss two.


Special OrdersHungarian Hot Wax peppers--$25/half bushel  Always our favorite for canning year in and year out as pickled Italian hot pepper ringshttp://www.kretschmannfarm.com/store/csa-extras  , Basil-$15/half bushel.  (the best of the year)