Posted by: csacrownheights | October 26, 2009

This Weeks Veggies 10/27

2 lbs. Fingerling Potatoes
2 lbs. Sweet Potatoes
1 Head White Cauliflower
1 Head Cheddar Orange Cauliflower
1 Head Red Boston
1 bu U-Choy
1 bu Arugula
1 Head Nappa
1 Head of Broccoli
1 Head Green Boston Lettuce
1 pc Delicata Squash
1 pc. Acorn Squash
4 oz.Loose Garlic Cloves
1/2 lb. Snap Beans
2 pcs Habenero Hot Peppers
2 pcs. Joe E. Parker Pepper, 1 Red and 1 Green

1 lb. Fingerling Potatoes
1 lb. Sweet Potatoes
1 Head Cheddar Orange Cauliflower
1 Head Red Boston
1 bu U-Choy
1 bu Arugula
1 pc Spagetti Squash
4 oz.Loose Garlic Cloves
2 pcs Habenero Hot Peppers

This past week we saw our first good frost, with air temperatures in some spots of the field falling into the upper 20’s. While we don’t consider that particular evening’s frost an absolute ‘killing frost’ where none of the remaining un-harvested vegetables survive, it simply signals the coming of the end of the season for us. Many of our fall cruciferous crops like Cabbage, Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts do fine in the colder weather, and can tolerate several evenings below 32oF. We typically make a few plantings of these crops late in the summer to take advantage of the generally mild temperatures that occur here on Long Island between the frosts to extend our supplies. As long as we have most of the remaining fall days in the 50+ degree range, these immature crops will continue growing to maturity and hopefully be harvestable in the late fall and early winter. There may be some cosmetic blemishes on the less cold tolerant lettuces and other vegetable greens, but in general the quality remains very good.
A new item in your box this week is sweet potato. The foliage to these plants was completely burnt by this early frost. Since no further ripening or growth would occur with the foliage gone, we began the harvest as soon as we could get into that field after the heavy rains. Yield and flavor look great so far. We have the first of this field harvest in your boxes, and hope you like them.

Be well,
Fred & Karen

PS. The Habanero Peppers are the small HOT type. If you like spicy Hot foods these will be right up your alley. Please be careful when you handle these peppers. It is not recommended for young children to help prepare or handle these peppers for meals. The oils on the out side of the pepper can make you feel like Scarlet O’Hara in ‘Gone with the Wind’. (The scene I was thinking about was the one where she was crying in front of the burning house. If you like playing with your food before you eat it, that’s perfectly fine, just wash your hands well (if you’ve handled these peppers) before you bring them anywhere near your eyes to put on your mascara, lashes, contacts, etc. if you know what I’m getting at).


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