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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Fall season ups and downs
Fresh Sustainable Produce - Grown Locally October 13, 2015
This has been a challenging season for us here at Cane Creek Farm, both for production and personally. We were prepared early and planted many of our fall crops in mid-August. Some did not go in till the first of September, as summer crops had to come out first. The rains came at the wrong time for those planted later and they either did not come up or drowned. We faithfully re-planted, but with the same result. This always happens to some extent in the fall because the timing is so tricky, but this year was more severe.
Our summer crops went into the first part of the fall season, but as they finished up, we have been challenged to fill the shares with popular produce. The eggplant did not thrive this year, but the okra and muscadines did! After a while though, we realized that people were getting tired of okra and muscadines. Our exchange box is a great feedback tool for us, as we know at the end of the day, what people no longer want, by what is being left behind. Unfortunately, it seems that what grew abundantly this fall were not things that people wanted every week, according to the exchange box.
On a positive note, the things planted in the hoop houses are thriving and will provide the shares for the winter season, along with some of the produce from the fields. We will be harvesting sweet potatoes this week, and if it dries out, we hope to get those in the shares at least once before fall is over. Their cure time of at least a week slows the turn around time on them.
This fall has shown up the strength of our farm team as Jennifer, Reggie, CSA workers and volunteers have carried the brunt of the load as I have been handling health issues for my parents and other family members. Lincoln is still a joy, but 8 month olds are more demanding than 3 month olds!
We continue to do the best we can to provide you with a good value for your money. Please consider the long view when you are evaluating your CSA experience and the good your participation does to support a local, sustainable food community.
New research published this fall suggests that a healthy diet may lessen our chances of getting Alzheimer's Disease by as much as 50%. If you have taken care of someone with this disease, you know the devastation it causes, both to the person with the disease and those taking care of them.
The recommendations emphasize green, leafy vegetables, which just so happen to be the centerpiece of our vegetables of our winter shares! They recommend eating two servings of these vegetables each day. An easy way to get in one serving is a smoothie for breakfast. The Malabar spinach is great in a smoothie, as are the other greens.
Other recommendations are for nuts, blueberries, beans, whole grain cereals, fish, poultry, wine and other vegetables. You can click here to see more details.
The traditional stuffed peppers have a filling of ground beef and rice and are topped with a tomato sauce and cheese. This is a winning combination for my family, but sometime I like to change it up: use quinoa instead or rice, replace the meat with beans, use chicken instead of beef or use a cheese sauce instead of a tomato sauce. Also, if I need 6 servings and have only three good-sized peppers I will cut them from top to bottom and stuff each side. Extra stuffing can be heaped around the peppers to round out the meal if one pepper is not enough for some eaters. It is important to briefly steam the peppers after cleaning them out, before stuffing, to ensure that they are tender after baking with the stuffing.