it’s a keeper

Halloween is almost here so it’s time to finish up those pre-winter tasks – endless raking of leaves (unless the wind blows them to a neighbor’s yard), blowing out sprinklers and switching to snow tires. And if you’re a farm CSA member, picking up the last of your summer vegetable share. A small number of farms … Continue reading it’s a keeper

end of summer

Cool almost cold nights, early sunsets and the first few yellow leaves on trees clearly signal that summer is over. We vegetable gardeners urge our tomato and pepper plants to finish ripening their fruit since a mid-September snow is not out of the question in Colorado. It’s also the time to preserve the summer’s fruit … Continue reading end of summer

tale of two chiles

Seems like I’m always saying our weather is unusual, but I guess what I really need to do is not expect it to be the same from year to year. Natalie, owner and farmer of Isabelle farm reinforced that notion in her newsletter last weekend saying, “This season, June and July were abnormally hot and dry, and August has been unusually cool and wet. We build our planting plans around cooler, wetter Junes and hotter Augusts, so the crops are a bit confused this year.” Thus the lack of corn, melons, cucumbers and field tomatoes for us so far this summer. Eggplant, peppers and of course summer squash have persevered in spite of these conditions, so this week I’m celebrating some of those crops, especially the chiles in the pepper family. Continue reading “tale of two chiles”

how to build soup

An odd title for a midsummer post in Colorado. But we had a very odd midsummer cool, grey, drizzly day with almost an inch of much needed rain yesterday. It was such a relief from July’s heat, that I was inspired to make soup with the summer vegetables making their first appearances this month. And I say build rather than cook soup because that’s how I think of making a hearty full-bodied soup. Continue reading “how to build soup”

a tale of kale

So many types of kale – curly, ruffled, savoyed (with pebbly surfaced leaves), Russian, Tuscan, green, red, purple, white (really white-veined) and varieties called black and rainbow! And then we create different names for the same type of kale. Did you know that Tuscan, dinosaur, lacinato and black kale all refer to the same narrow, straight-edged, savoyed leaves? Continue reading “a tale of kale”