What’s been going on!
One more day of summer temperatures and then maybe we are finally to real fall weather, let’s hope! It has been good weather for mowing and crop cultivation to control the weeds. While there is still more planting to do most of it is for over winter production and will be in the sliding tunnels. If we can get good weed control in the field now then the fall crops can roll on without much more attention short of water and harvest.
Probably no newsletter next week as Betsy and Alex will be off to the 20th Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium in Oxford Mississippi. Every year the SFA has a theme for their programing that runs through all of the events. This year it is the Latin South which we have been looking forward to both from a cultural perspective and of course the food. This will be our first Symposium but we know that it is filled with scholarly discussions and talks with lots of great music, food and drink throughout.
The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. We find it a great group for us to be aligned with as it gives us insights into the crops we grow and how they fit into our region. We have also been honored to be included in the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans and Chefs some of the most talented and smart people we have ever been around. While we had a long run with the Slow Food movement (and still keep abreast of what is going on) we have felt that the work that SFA does in the south resonates more with what we are doing and of course where we are.
Jennie and company will be at market next weekend with the full array, including the pepper roaster, so don’t hesitate to preorder as we will all be keeping an eye on emails.
Picture of the Week
Early morning light across the farm
What’s going to be at the market?
Remember to come to the stand first to get your peppers into the queue and then when you are finished shopping your roasted peppers will be waiting for you. If you want a large amount roasted let us know and we will make sure to have them ready for you, they freeze great! For our Green Chile fans this is a great time for us to do big orders as we have a lot and they are really nice.
All of the peppers are here in all colors and heat levels. Lots of Sweet Red Bells; and good amount of Corno di Toros in yellow, orange and red; lime green Italian Cubanelles. Sweet Pimentos and a few Spanish Piquillos. Shishitos and Padrons for appetizers and Aji Dulces the Habanero flavor without the heat.
Hot peppers from mildest to hottest- Passilla, Anaheim (New Mexican), Poblano, our own Picante Pimento, Serrano, Jalapeno, Guindilla from Spain, Cayenne.
Fall crops really starting now. Little Gem lettuce is back along with the Salanova mixed lettuces. Sweet and tender Japanese Salad Turnips. Red Radishes and the first Watermelon Radish too. Collards to go with the Lacinato Kale, tender and full of flavor. Lots of beautiful Eggplant with Heirloom Italian and striped Nubia. Spaghetti and Butternut Winter Squash. Cilantro, Italian Parsley. The first Fennel of the fall!
The last of the Crested Celosia for the year.
As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you. Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.
Hope to see you all at the market!
Alex, Betsy and Jennie
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