Marc and I walk every day to look at the gardens and fields. It is amazing how quickly things can change and sometimes it means making quick decisions or pivot in directions based on what we see. This year we had to keep a close eye on the weeds, with so much rain in July and August we were constantly hoeing, hand weeding and rototilling. On the plus side we were able to do a fair amount of seeding with so much moisture in the soil. We just seeded some radish, stir fry mix, arugula and spinach last week and were so pleased to see them coming up today! Its a race to harvest them before the first frost….I think we are going to win:)
Here is what you can expect this week:
Blue Plums Keep plums in the fridge in an open container in the crisper drawer. Some people place them in an old egg carton to reduce the possibility of bruising. Plums make a great crumble or plum cake. They bring bright, tangy flavour to salads or sauces and pair well with meat such as pork. We just like to eat them fresh from the tree.
Sweet Banana Pepper So tasty and can be pickled or stuffed. Make a fresh salsa with citrus, tomatoes, banana and jalapeño peppers. onions, garlic and cilantro. Serve with nacho chips for a healthy snack.
Kale Here is an easy kale salad recipe that takes only 5 minutes to make with 5 easy ingredients and tastes great with just about everything! It is suggested to message the kale first. Chop or tear into bite sized pieces, drizzle with a few glugs of olive oil and get your hands in there and message for about 1-2 minutes. Add lemon juice, parmesan cheese and nuts. Toss until evenly combined, season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Serve.
Red Skin Potatoes They have thin skins and are not too starchy. For a perfect side dish try garlic roasted red skin potatoes. Toss quartered potatoes with olive oil, minced garlic, grated parmesan cheese and dried thyme. Spread them on a cookie sheet. Give a good stir halfway through the roasting point to make sure all the sides get that crisp factor. Then you can pair with anything or just dip them in some ketchup and call it dinner.
Jalapeno Peppers You may want to use them in your (above) salsa recipe or why not finally try making poppers. Stuff with cheddar cheese and cream cheese, with bread crumbs for a crunch. Bake at 400 for about 20 minutes. These are healthier than the fried version.
Tomatoes Because we have so many to share and there are so many things to do with them! Yes, they are in your basket again.
Rosemary Sprig Perfect for flavoured olive oil or mix into softened butter and spread on your dinner bread. Add it to the marinade when you cook chicken. Goes great with roasted veggies or fruits. Did you know potatoes love rosemary?