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Thursday, September 19, 2013

EatWell Natural Farm Week 26


In the harvest bins this week: Arugula, Red Sails Lettuce, Romaine, Beets, Tomatoes, Green Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes, Green Beans, Chard, Peppers, Purslane, Oregano, Sage, Basil and the first Shiitake Mushrooms!!!!
Andrew and Gayle harvesting Arugula

Red Sails Lettuce

Beets and Purslane

Red Sails Cut


Our First Shiitakes!!!

Production and Distribution

Sweet Thai Basi

Many of the herbs get bunched in the field. Basil is very delicate and can wilt quickly. It has to be harvested when it is dry but not too hot. We make small bunches and wrap rubber bands around the end then put them in vented harvest bins. We have to be careful not stack them too high or the bunches on the bottom can get crushed or get too warm without airflow. Care is always taken to keep them out of direct sunlight. 
It's really neat to be delivering in our nation's capital. I see monuments, the Capital Building, Memorials, Politicians and some times cars with pink mustaches....


Cultivation and Maintenance

Friendly Amish Farm where I got helpful hoop house tips

I took a road trip into Amish Country in St Mary's County to the Loveville Produce Market. While I was there I spoke with some local Amish folk about High Tunnels and where they are getting them from. They have a few Amish suppliers in Lancaster County, PA who I plan to visit next week. 

Sungold Cherry Tomatoes still blooming

Latest Arugula coming up nicely

Finally got some rain after a couple of dry and warm weeks

Eating Well

The Pig was featured on the Cooking Channel's show Chuck's Eat The Street this week. There are reruns and I'll keep an eye out for it online 
Roasted Tomatillo and Poblano Salsa

Guardsmark Beets

Cherry Tomato and Beet Green sauce with Feta on Angel Hair

Roasted Baby Beets (Upper Left) at The Pig

Puddy Time

Puddy in the stables
Tilford hang in the stables while we wash

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