Last week the weather was unseasonably hot and humid with temperatures up into the 90s, and then by the weekend, it was barely getting out of the 50s. Both the plants and the farmers were reeling a bit from those drastic changes, but now things are back to a seasonally appropriate 72 or so. We also got about 2 inches of rain on Monday, but things are drying out enough that we have been able to get out and do some weeding. This time of year it feels like a mad dash to the finish line, with the weeds growing and producing seeds at an alarming rate, and the insects doing their utmost to eat and procreate while there's still time. We're doing our best to keep up, but my head is definitely whirling.
But there are the great satisfactions and wonders that occur as summer fades; the onions are lovely and are coming in by crateful to be loaded onto drying racks. The peppers are producing their brightly colored fruits and the potatoes are yielding well. Sue found a monarch chrysalis the other day in the barn, and it was amazing to imagine the caterpillar's climb up the barn beam and out a large nail to then construct its perfect jewel of a chrysalis where it will transform from something creepy-crawly into a thing with wings that will fly all the way to Mexico. Totally crazy.
In Your Bags
Jalapeno & Poblano Peppers
Pink Blush Onions
Lots of tasty options with these ingredients! Here are some recipes:
1) Beef and Cabbage Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce
Green cabbage is really tasty in stir fries, in my opinion.
A Moosewood recipe to use cabbage in a North African way...
And another Moosewood recipe to use cabbage in a Caribbean way!
4) Chocolate Zucchini Snack Cake
A tasty way to use up that zucchini and summer squash! And the eater doesn't even need to know...
5) Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Potatoes
This is a favorite at our house, and the potatoes you're getting this week are perfect for this dish!
Have a great week, everyone.
All the best,
for Lucky Moon Farm