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

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”