Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Green Tomatoes and Bicolor Corn

Andy reports that Hillsboro did get just a little rain the other day...about .4 of an inch.  Enough to make a little difference but the farm is still pretty dry.  He says that he feels like it is going to rain but it has been really spotty lately.  Some areas not far from the farm have gotten quite a bit while the areas around Hillsboro have gotten missed a lot.  He thinks it could be a lot worse and he is so very thankful that they have a proper irrigation system which helps out in these dry times.

We got some lovely green tomatoes in our boxes this week.  Green tomatoes is a down south kind of dish.  If you search the blog for a recipe I believe there is one from last year.  We just fry them like we would fry eggplant or zucchini.

They are digging the first sweet potatoes of the season this week.  They are hoping for a good crop.  Lizzie's recipe this week is for a Maple Syrup Sweet Potato Casserole.  I would suggest trying the maple syrup that Andy makes...it is really good!  As a matter of fact, they are running a sale from now thru the end of the month.  We can get a 10% discount on any size syrup we buy.  Order it by emailing Cedarmore Farm (email on the right side of the page) and then Andy will bill you at the end of the month.

Andy is trying so very hard to educate us all about organic farming methods....this week it is a little further above my head then usual.

We are to understand that all plants are either positively charged cations or negatively charged anions. A few of the important ones...potassium, calcium, and magnesium are cations.  While nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, and boron are anions.  It the P.H. is kept between6 and 6.4 that means that there is a good balance of the cations and anions and that will make for healthy plants.  If the P.H. is low that means that one or more of the anions is low.  If the P.H. is low in the older leaves then they are low in potassium or magnesium.  If the P.H. is low in the newer leaves that indicates that they are low in calcium.  Andy is still in the learning stages of learning about it all and doesn't claim to be an expert on the subject.  He strongly believed that all this research will only improve the quality of the produce that we receive each week in our shares.

FYI...as most of you already know, Andy writes the newsletter at the end of the week before he packs the boxes for our delivery dates.  He know what is ready harvest but sometimes there is a little glich.  This week he stated that we would be getting sweet potatoes.  That didn't happen because when he started digging them up they just didn't look ready.  It wold be better to leave them in the ground that to take them out to early.  I appreciate the fact that
he wants out boxes filed with the best he can provide.  And if that means waiting a little while to make Lizzie's Sweet Potato Casserole...then I will patiently wait.

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