There seem to be an assortment of hot peppers randomly appearing as a choice or actually in the box, so here is a little rundown of varieties: There are the jalapeño you are sure to recognize, then there are Hungarian Wax – 4” horn shaped peppers ranging from yellow to red, Cherry Bomb – a delightfully hot pepper, perfect for stuffing and baking (if you like some heat), Serrano- looking much like a jalapeño but a little smoother and longer, Pablano—looking like a dark green and pointy bell, Cayenne – long red or green, and the Thai- which are smaller than the cayenne, but similar—and smokin’. The habanero are the wrinkly, small balloons in green to orange.
I know the zucchini recipe was untimely last week…we’ve got another crop of squashes behind the one we were picking and I didn’t know the plants were struggling after the last heavy rain. I’ll try to do better this week with apropos recipes!
There aren’t tons of tomatoes at this moment; the rain did a real number on them. This year we had been harvesting tomatoes a lot longer than most of our farmer friends, and I guess the longer the plants have been in the ground, the greater the risk of getting stressed by al the various diseases out there. So, the bad news is the “load up” on tomatoes days are over, but the good news is the late crop is not too far off and we are still picking some tomatoes.
Curt is busily taking signups for the winter CSA. If you were planning on participating (pickups in Lunenburg and JP only), please take a minute to email him and save your spot; space is very limited.
My Mother and I have been having a lovely visit this week and here’s my plug for her children’s book Up in Smoke. Nope, no connection to Cheech and Chong, it’s a story told by a child about the family reunion in Minnesota and how they still thresh oats with a steam engine tractor. If you are interested, here’s a link to her site http://kallanderartgallery.com/
We continued to see Night Hawks all week, as well as masses of Bluebirds with all sorts of Sparrows hanging out with them. Our Carolina Wrens even got Paul (the man who does the seeding in the greenhouse for us) out of the greenhouse yesterday afternoon. Their song is so loud and very different from anything else here that any curious body wants to know who is responsible.
The farm looks pretty good right now and we are all hoping for good fall weather so we can keep it all going until late October. 🙂
Eat well, Geneviève Stillman