This Weeks Share 10/23/2020

Happy Fall!

Here is what we are eating this week

Chinese Broccoli
Valencia oranges
Multi color sweet frying peppers
Spaghetti or Sucrine Du Berry squash
Bell Peppers

None of the peppers in this weeks share are hot. We have a mix of Hungarian frying peppers, Bell peppers and a few of the mini sweet peppers. 

Thanks to the recent cool weather, we have finally been able to get some cold weather crops sown out in the seed trays. Bok Choy, Chard, Kale, Beets, and all the other fall green stuff we love. This weekend, we will be direct seeding carrots, radish, arugula and assorted herbs in the garden rows. Since it is so late in the season, and everyone is craving lettuce, we will probably break down and purchase lettuce starts so that we can get some lettuce back in the shares before the end of November. I am so looking forward to a salad!

Is anybody sick of squash yet? Well, maybe not everybody. But some of us are! The reality is that it is still producing, so we need to put it in the bags. I want to share with you some of the things we do with the Rampicante squash. Its prolific this year. And I don’t think we have done a great job acquainting everybody to it. When they are greenish white and young, you can pretty much treat them like zucchini. But when they are brown like a butternut, you can do some other interesting stuff. I like to deal with them as two separate parts.

When I have a big honker to deal with, I cut up the neck into medallions. I might saute’ those and then drizzle some Alfredo or pesto. Or, like in this case, I can just stick them in the fridge for another day.

I cut the swollen part in half just like a butternut. In this case, we flavored each half differently. One side got a honey, curry coconut oil and lime glaze with hot dried hot pepper sprinkles. If you want to get a little decadent, pour a little thick coconut milk inside after removing from the oven. The other half got pesto.

Make sure to roast the seeds or save them for planting next year.  

Say Hello to Lord Hildebrand and some of the fine ladies. This fine guy was the runt of a batch we hatched in spring. When hatching chicks, we just naturally seem to want to refer to them all as girls. Lord Hildebrand actually started out as Hildegard.

Say Hello to the bantams, a Silkie who thinks she’s a bantam and “Tony”, the meanest bantam rooster ever. He tried to crack the lens on my Iphone camera right after this pic. In case, you aren’t sure, Tony is taring directly at us. Yeah. He’s pretty intense. At least the girls will be safe with Tony at the ready.

Within a few months all 10 of our girls will be laying. I don’t know if we will have enough eggs to sell individual packs. To start, I expect that we will just add a handful of eggs to each share until we see how many eggs we are really dealing with on a weekly basis. Based on the breeds we appear to have we should end up with 4 egg colors.

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