So long, 2019 season. Thank you, CSA members!

I don’t want to write this post, because writing it means there’s a long winter of grocery store vegetables ahead.  We have a dream of having a winter CSA one day, but until then, it’s time to say goodbye to the CSA season and let the fields rest.  We’re so continually grateful for your support…

Early autumn is a dangerous and bountiful time of year

The annual late summer hot/dry snap is probably one of the most challenging weather events for our crops all year.  By this point in the season, the ground is usually quite dry already, the plants have aged, and they have already taken just about all the nutrients the soil has to give.  This hot snap…

Your future winter self needs you to freeze these peppers

In case your pepper stash is starting to back up, here is some advice about freezing sweet peppers for winter.  There are few midwinter pleasures better than tasting the sunshine stored in a pepper or a tomato that you froze in its summer prime.  Freezing peppers is easy.  Just make sure you do it the day…

It’s raining again.

You may have noticed that it rained a lot this week.  This year.  Again.  That’s not news at this point, obviously.  What’s news is this article about how little of Indiana’s corn and soy fields had been planted by last week due to all the rainfall, putting farming families in real financial peril.  Indiana’s farmers are suffering…

No more zucchini drop and dash

In our region, there is a time-honored tradition of gathering up a bag from your abundant hoard of zucchini, hanging it on your neighbor’s doorknob, ringing the doorbell, and running. Every year, the gardeners and local food eaters of our river valley are overrun with these guys. That makes sense, because summer squash and zucchini…

In praise of hakurei salad turnips

Here’s something I never expected to say: I love these turnips.  I’m the kind of person who eats turnips because I know they’re good for me and I know they grow well here.  I don’t think I would normally choose to eat turnips if I didn’t have to.  These?  I WOULD choose to eat them…

2019 CSA signups are open!

It’s officially springtime!  Pea shoots are sending up their delicate tendrils, the little kale seedlings aren’t so little anymore, and the apple trees are coming into bloom.  All of this tender, beautiful growth will be gracing colorful dinner plates starting in mid-May, and now is the time to get in on it. Our CSA is…

Pawpaws!

We have an unprecedented and exciting addition to the CSA bags this week: pawpaws!  Also known as the Indiana banana, pawpaws are a native tree fruit that is only available by wild forage.  The trees can’t be cultivated readily (yet, although lots of people are working on it).  These are as close to a tropical…

Butternut squash are long keepers

The season is turning over to fall fruits quickly now, right in tune with the weather.  But summer is long in our river valley and autumn is a slow transition, so alongside the winter squash we should continue to see tomatoes and peppers for a little while yet.  These transitional seasons are a great opportunity…

Fried okra to make your day

Here’s one way to use the okra we got in our shares this week, and some storage and prep tips. Store this in your fridge, but use it early in the week because it tends to get either too slimy or too dry if you store it too long.  It’s at its best when it’s…