Winter?

 Garbling the dried herbs before they go into their jars for the winter. Despite being cautious and not drying many of the herbs this summer — while the weather was not conducive to such a venture — we have a good amount of dried herbs to work with.

Garbling the dried herbs before they go into their jars for the winter. Despite being cautious and not drying many of the herbs this summer — while the weather was not conducive to such a venture — we have a good amount of dried herbs to work with.

2018 Week 49, Winter 1 of 13

Sixty-plus degrees though today may be, welcome to the Winter CSA! How exciting. I spent a really, really lovely afternoon digging another bed of carrots, and even stopped a bit on the way back to … stop. As my friend Ferris Bueller likes to say, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."

There is sugar spinach in the pile this week. Not for the tongue-in-cheek diabetic, nor those watching their sweets before the holidays. Spinach uses sugar as an anti-freeze in its leaves, which means some super — sometimes cloyingly — yummy greens at this time of the year.

I’m super excited for you guys to try the Althea Bread this week. If it’s half as good as last week’s, I will have to sell the farm to support my new lunchtime passion. If you’re not on the aforementioned sweets-free diet, try it toasted and spread with butter and the farm honey! Mmmm … Or, dipped into some rooty stew. I have had the heat off and the slow cooker on, tiny as the office is, working my way toward some winter soup for just such a purpose.

Be well,
See you on the farm,
Austin

Winter CSA Dates: 12/05/18, 12/19/18, 01/02/19, 01/16/19, 01/30/19, 02/13/19, 02/27/19, 03/13/19, 03/27/19, 04/10/19, 04/24/19, 05/08/19, 05/22/19

Expected Harvest

Greens
Kale
Lettuce
Spinach*

Veggies
Beets*
Carrots
Celeriac
Radish, Winter
Sunroot
Sweet Potatoes
Turnip, Winter

Fruit
Raspberries
Strawberries*

Herbs
Ashwagandha
Burdock
Chives
Cilantro
Garlic
Ginger
Hot Pepper
Turmeric
Winter Teas*

Staples
Popcorn

Althea Bread
Sunflower-Kamut (Organic Kamut, organic bread flour, organic sunflower seeds, salt)

 I thought to myself, “Maybe I should get a farmer shot before the year is out, just as a kind of reminiscence.” Scarecrow-y as the shadow-self looks, it’s there. I have sometimes been reminded of a quote in Charles Russel’s “Trails Plowed Under” (1927), when I happen to see my shadow:  “Of course a good many of these fancy men were more ornamental than useful, but one of the best cow-hands I ever knew belonged to this class. Down on the Gray Bull, he went under the name of Mason, but most punchers called him Pretty Shadow. … It comes from a habit some punchers has of ridin’ along, lookin’ at their shadows. Lookin’ glasses are scarce in cow outfits, so the only chance for these pretty boys to admire themselves is on bright, sunshiny days. Mason’s one of a kind that doesn’t get much pleasure out of life in cloudy weather. …”

I thought to myself, “Maybe I should get a farmer shot before the year is out, just as a kind of reminiscence.” Scarecrow-y as the shadow-self looks, it’s there. I have sometimes been reminded of a quote in Charles Russel’s “Trails Plowed Under” (1927), when I happen to see my shadow:

“Of course a good many of these fancy men were more ornamental than useful, but one of the best cow-hands I ever knew belonged to this class. Down on the Gray Bull, he went under the name of Mason, but most punchers called him Pretty Shadow. … It comes from a habit some punchers has of ridin’ along, lookin’ at their shadows. Lookin’ glasses are scarce in cow outfits, so the only chance for these pretty boys to admire themselves is on bright, sunshiny days. Mason’s one of a kind that doesn’t get much pleasure out of life in cloudy weather. …”