Week #13 Tuesday, Sept. 5th– Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2017
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Melon* OR Cauliflower OR Cherry Tomatoes **
Onions (Red & Yellow)
Anaheim Peppers
Tomatoes – a colorful mix Roma Tomatoes
Herb bunch

*In most cases, your melon is ripe and ready to eat. Check it though. If you’re not getting a melony smell, leave it out on the counter till you do. Once you’ve got the melon smell, eat it or keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to eat.
**Kind of a strange combo but the cool weather has slowed down melon ripening and cauliflower growth.

This Week's Recipe

Kale Tabbouleh

Teriyaki Cabbage Steaks

Farro Salad with Tomatoes, Smoked Mozzarella, and Mint

Recipe(s) Link of the Week: Potato and Eggplant Curry from Spring Hill member Michele Gersich. Michele notes: The recipe was remarkably good. I also sautéed and onion in there and topped it with cilantro. And threw in a can of chickpeas. It was great with cucumber riata! http://www.lettyskitchen.com/potato-and-eggplant-curry/

And a video from Larry and Katy! https://youtu.be/3S4EPeBwgzM
We had these carrots last night for dinner – they are sooo good!

Coming Soon
Shishito peppers next week! We’ll send the first of the leeks and tomatoes while we have them! We’ve got a planting of broccoli that will be ready and we’ll see what else the garden offers. Maybe a melon if the sun shines!

September 25th Cooking Class Offered – Sign-up Now!
Spring Hill member, Robin Schow, is offering one more cooking class for Spring Hill Members this season! Robin is a vegetable lover, nutritionist, UMN cooking class instructor, and Spring Hill enthusiast. She will be sharing her knowledge, expertise and enthusiasm for how to prepare good food well with Spring Hill members. The class will highlight vegetables in the bag that week and a variety of ways to create easy and delicious ways to prepare them. This is a hands-on, learn while doing, class. Participants will prepare and cook the vegetables and then share the meal they prepared together.
Date: September 25, 6-8pm.
Location: The Good Acre, 1790 Larpenteur Avenue West, Falcon Heights, MN 55113 Cost: $15 per class
Send an e-mail to springhill@chibardun.net to reserve your spot and follow-up with a check mailed to the farm.

Farm News

The cool August and beginning of September has us a little befuddled. Growth in the garden has seemingly come to a halt. Mid-August is typically a time when daily melon picking is part of the routine and cucumbers and cauliflower can go from too small to oversized overnight it seems. Not this year. The garden feels like it’s in dawdle mode - the melons are painfully slow to ripen, the cauliflower content to take its sweet time and the cucumbers are just fine if we pick them twice a week. Truly they’d probably be fine with once, but we need them for Tuesday and Saturday.

We think the fall crops will come along, but it’s a little concerning looking at the not quite ripe winter squash knowing a frost is not too far out there. The Brussels sprouts too need a push and we’ve got some turnips and greens that would appreciate a day or two of sunshine!

The good news is we’ve had the time to get another round of cover crop in so the plots that were once home to garlic, early brassicas, beets and summer cucumbers have now been planted to a peas/oats/tillage radish mix. That’s really good. The crop will provide nice cover for the winter and feed the soil for next year. The seeds were even treated to a nice soft rain just after planting so we expect to see their little sprouts very soon.

On the home front, we’ve begun in earnest getting some food in the freezer and on the pantry shelves for the winter. Tomato culls are chopped along with onions and basil and roasted for winter sauce and soup. We’ve made numerous batches of pesto and frozen them for a “taste of summer” in January. Beans are next along with greens and some raspberry jam. That bit of color in our valley has been a definite motivator!

Next Week’s Harvesters

Tuesday, September 12 - Leilani Hotaling/Kaaren Howe, Angela Gustafson , Sherman Eagles/Susan Conner, Kathleen Weflen, Lou Ferreri & Hannah, Mary & Michael Vanderford
Saturday, September 16 – Karen Ansbaugh/Barb Ryan, Janice Kovala, Brian & Nance Longley, Flores/Danzinger, Shannon O'Brien