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Monday, November 11, 2013

EatWell Natural Farm Weeks 33 & 34

The leaves finally tuned in Southern Maryland. The first week of November was Spectacular.

NBC4 is doing a story in December on winter weather and as a part of that Veronica Johnson of the weather team came out to the farm this week. She wanted to see what we were harvesting in the winter and how the weather effects farms and restaurants. Look for the segment on the local news in the next few weeks and the full story in their winter weather half hour special in December.
Veronica and Jason getting close ups of the winter harvest

Jason shooting our awesome barn and Flora the truck

Harvest sample


In the harvest bins these weeks: Romaine, Red Sails Lettuce, Radicchio, Arugula, Hakurei Turnips, Scarlett Queen Turnips, Carrots, Spinach, Red Ace Beets, Golden Beets, Mustard Greens, Kale, Rainbow Chard, Watermelon Radishes, Sage, Thyme, and Broccolini.

Red Sails Lettuce

Leonardo Radicchio

Rubber Bands for Turnip Harvest

Hakurei Turnips


Production and Distribution

Deliveries are holding at once a week. It is getting colder and colder out which makes for washing vegetables with icy water. Yikes. 

I delivered on Halloween and found The Pig over run with Zombies!

Delivered the last of the peppers for the year

Cultivation and Maintenance

Andrew weeding the Chard with the Wheel Hoe

The Signature Theatre in Shirlington found itself with a pile of gravel left over from a set they just built. I picked up a free truck load for the herb garden path. They even loaded it in the truck for me. Thanks Signature!

Different Andrew and Lane loading gravel

Herb Garden renovation in progress

Eating Well

Every few years I like to give my body a little bit of a flush. Kind of like getting a regular oil change for your car.  I'm just wrapping up week 2 of a 3 week cleanse called Clean. Its not too extreme and helps you reset your eating patterns for the better. Sadly I had some friends in town and really wanted to take them to The Pig but I knew I wouldn't be able to enjoy many of the tasty menu items. My plan was to order a simple salad and drink some water while my friends enjoyed their lavish meal. Chef Bonk was having none of that and prepared a delicious platter of sauteed and grilled vegetables served with oil, vinegar and sea salt. All Clean approved and delectable. Thank Chef Bonk! I can't wait to go back after the cleanse. 

Custom Clean Veggie Platter by Chef Bonk

At home I'm enjoying the fall flavors with roasted root veggies...
Turnips, Golden Beets and Carrots
Perfectly Roasted with Olive Oil and Sage

Puddy Time

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