ooooh, the weather outside is muggy, and oh so delightful!
Well, our heat and mugginess continues, with little to no respite. We are starting to feel like we are working in a Swedish Sauna.. .hmmm, I wonder if we could start charging people to come sweat out their toxins like a high-end spa? We could even advertise the mosquitos as the new (slightly avante garde) version of leeching.. .we'll get those "evil spirits" out of you one way or another!!
A report from the fields...
One thing is for sure... when working all day out in Nature, one gets to see some of the most amazing things. As mentioned previously, we have had an insatiable swarm of mosquitoes "bless" our land. Well, it is always fascinating when Mother Nature steps in with her balancing act to correct such inhumane treatment of poor farmers. The other day, our 35 acre south field was hosting a flying menagerie of some 300 - 400 swooping swallows. (Approximate number... have you ever tried to count swallows on the wing??) It was one of the most amazing sights.
Well, it was, until the next amazing sight that popped up that same morning. Take a look at this lovely little picture. Yep, that's right, that is a Garter Snake, and that is also the last will and testament of a rather large Leopard Frog disappearing down it's gullet. While I know some of you might be a tad squeamish with snakes, I still had to share this experience...
Not much is new on the agenda this week. We are trying to catch up with weeding, while seeding out our Fall crops such as radishes, turnips, spinach, arugula, cauliflower, lettuce, romaine, broccoli, pac choi, chinese broccoli, cilantro, etc. We are keeping a close eye on the sweet corn, which is moments away from ripening. We believe next week will be the first big sweet corn harvest. We will aim to provide each of you with as much sweet corn as you are interested in taking. We will talk more about this next week as we see how much is ripe and ready, but strongly encourage you to take this opportunity to freeze a whole heck-of-a-lotta corn! (And eat as much corn-on-the-cob as possible...)
Our storage onions are looking top-notch, and are days away from being harvested themselves. Onions need to cure (dry) for up to 3 weeks (depends upon humidity levels as to how fast this process happens). Once they are cured, they then can store through much of the winter. We grew out yellow and red storage onions, as well as yellow and red cipolinni storage onions ( a UFO Saucer shaped onion, that is both sweet and mild.. a very delicate and amazing onion). These will likely start appearing in the share come early September.
So let's talk Zoodles..
yeh, you read that right. So what's a Zoodle you ask? Why it's a zucchini noodle! This is a great way to put the zucchini's in your box to a great use. This has been a popular alternative to wheat-based pasta for people following a Paleo or Gluten-free Diet. There are several different ways to approach Zoodle making, from the simple gadget-free process to a whole host of toys to use, such as a spiralizer, mandolin (watch those fingers!!), and a julienne peeler.
Instead of re-inventing the discussion on Zoodles, I will direct you to this amazing blogpost that discusses all aspects of making and preparing Zoodles.
Downshiftology - Zoodles!