Black Turtle Beans- from Breslin Farms, Ottawa, IL
This Week's Fruit Harvest:
上周的冷却器,cloudy weather ushered us into a seasonal shift. Many of our summer crops begin to wind down and we're beginning to focus on fall and winter crops and projects now. One of these projects was to welcome a warm compost delivery from our friends at Purple Cow Organics from Madison, Wisconsin. Look at that beautiful compost! Our whole team excitedly worked together with shovels, buckets, and hoes to spread on our hoophouse planting beds to prepare for the coming winter spinach and lettuce. As soon as our fields dry out, we will apply it to beds throughout the farm fields as well. We like to think of compost like vitamins for the soil. You don't need a lot but the right mixture and timing is important to maintaining healthy and active soil.
Speaking of soils, we harvested beautiful carrots from our farm fields this week! Jeff was curious to see if he could get a different window into soil health from this crop. He brought a few carrots into the farm kitchen and squeezed their juice onto this Brix meter. This meter allows Jeff and the farm team to measure the sugars content (or Brix) within our carrots with the idea being that the higher the sugar content or Brix, the higher the nutrition level. This is because the sugar that is produced by the plant is illustrative of what nutrients the crop can access in the soil. In other words, the higher the Brix, the healthier the soil and thusly, the healthier the crop. We measured this week's carrots at a 7.5 Brix score as of today. We will continue to monitor our carrots' Brix scores as the fall temperatures provide additional sweetness to crops, as does winter storage. The chart above shows how storage impacts carrot sweetness per variety, so we believe our Bolero carrots will continue to improve in flavor as the season progresses!
Our ongoing research into seed varieties also continues as the team taste-tested the 10 trial pepper varieties we grew this season. We look forward to trying a few new varieties next season as a result!
TheWinter Produce Share包括新鲜，冬季加糖的蔬菜，储存作物和我们最受欢迎的夏季蔬菜的组合，当它们最有营养和美味时，收获并保存在成熟的高峰期。这些是CSA成员在整个不断增长的季节享受的同样美味的蔬菜和水果。
TheWinter Egg Shareconsists of one dozen fresh free-range brown eggs every other week. Our chickens are fed a wholesome, diverse diet of grains, vegetables and fruits throughout the winter. We encourage them to graze on grasses, green plants and bugs whenever weather allows. They can move around freely with plenty of access to clean water, fresh air and sunlight.
Gingeris a tropical plant that we grow in our hoophouses throughout the summer, which the most tropical environment on the farm! We plant the ginger in early March in our greenhouse and by early summer, the plants are large enough to transfer into the hoophouse beds. Throughout the summer we tend to the crop by weeding, adding compost, watering, and we hill the beds to keep the ginger bulbs protected while they grow upwards. When the plants are nearly waist-high, we gingerly (sorry:)) dig an experimental patch to see the size of the treasure beneath. We were pleased to see the results and we hope you'll enjoy the fresh flavor of this week's ginger!
We store ginger in a paper bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator. However if you won't use all of it within a week, we encourage freezing it in a zip-lock bag. When you are ready to cook with it, simply use a knife to shave the peel away, and then grate to your desired amount.