Farmer’s Note, week 16

Dear CSA Member,

It really feels like fall with the temperatures dropping.  We still have not had any rain to speak of and even so late in the season continue to irrigate the fall crops.  Cooler, but no frost yet so we are going to try to harvest another week of tomatoes and peppers.

This week our greens will shift to our fall crops and there will be Siberian Kale in your share.  We planted a lot of kale this year: Siberian (lighter green, lacy edges), Lacinato (long, thin leaves, blueish green), Red Russian (purple tinted) and Winterbor(very lacy edges, green).  All kale varieties, but slightly different.  Kale is one of the most nutritious vegetables but not always the most beloved.  During the Farm Festival members that were walking the fields with me were talking about Kale Chips.  Following their directions, I gave them a try and they are surprisingly addictive.   To make Kale Chips wash the kale leaves, lay out on a cookie sheet and brush with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and if you like, parmesan cheese.  Bake in a low oven, no higher than 325 degrees, until the kale leaves are dry and crispy.  This week the Kale variety is Siberian and I have not tried this variety as chips yet, but they all seem to be quite delicious.

We are busy seeding winter rye seed on all of the patches of the fields that have been harvested for the season.  The rye germinates quickly and covers the fields for the winter.  A nice green blanket to protect the soil from wind, rain and snow.

Enjoy the vegetables,

Deborah for everyone at Stoneledge Farm

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