2016 Harvest 16

It may be September but we've still got a few more weeks of summer bounty coming at ya! It's the best time of the year here at Tumbleweed Farm (at least for eating!) and while there is still a seemingly endless list of things to get done before fall truly arrives we're doing our best to try to step back and enjoy the fruits of our labor.

The days are growing shorter at a rapid pace which is both wonderful and stressful at the same time. We're sleeping in a little later with the delayed sunrise but with shorter days comes the urgency to get things done at a total sprint. We've got a lot of winter squash that still needs to get harvested, plenty of potatoes that are ready to dig up, fall crops that need weeding and watering, and it's the time in the year where compost needs spreading, cover crops need seeding and the barn needs to be cleared out so our winter squash can all cure before being packed up and sent out to all of you! It's busy, stressful and amazing all at the same time. 

This is your last week with sweet corn so enjoy it while you can! We've loved the corn this season and have been eating it straight up without even cooking it (it's been that good!). The cherry tomatoes are still abundant this week but we're noticing them starting to slow down a bit. Luckily, the full size heirlooms are still cranking! We also harvested some hot peppers--Jalapeños and Serranos. Both of those peppers we've been enjoying on the grill and then adding them to salsas and tomato sauce. The Anaheim peppers (the larger pale green ones) aren't spicy at all but hold just a hint of heat. They too are wonderful when tossed onto the grill. Everyone received 1 sweet green bell pepper which we've been equally enjoying as a vehicle to eat all the sauces and dips we've been whipping up!

This week we also bunched the arugula instead of bagging it (it got a little too weedy so bunching it made the harvest much easier!) We harvest it with the roots on when we bunch it because it helps the greens stay fresh longer. With that being said, make sure to place the bunched arugula in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for storage so it doesn't go limp.

Anyhow, we hope you all enjoy this cooler weather. It's the perfect temperature for cooking at home and we hope that the meals you whip up with your veggies this week are killer! Cheers to September everyone!

Your farmers,
T & A

Harvest 16

  1. Arugula (store the bunches in a plastic bag in the fridge)
  2. Bell pepper
  3. Hot peppers--Jalapeños, Serranos and Anaheims
  4. Sweet Corn
  5. Cherry Tomatoes
  6. Cucumbers-- 1 slicer and 1 secialty variety (Diva or Striped Armenian)
  7. Full size tomatoes
  8. Basil
  9. Scallions
  10. Kohlrabi
  11. Fennel
  12. Garlic-- This week's variety is Xian
  13. Swiss Chard

Recipe Suggestions 

   Bacon & Blue Cheese Swiss Chard Salad  (for a veggie version try substituting toasted sunflower seeds sprinkled in smoked paprika and sea salt instead of the bacon)

 Bacon & Blue Cheese Swiss Chard Salad (for a veggie version try substituting toasted sunflower seeds sprinkled in smoked paprika and sea salt instead of the bacon)