A little bit of rain relief over the weekend and as I write it is pouring! With the weekend rain (the first in 3 weeks) the tomatoes responded by producing a fair number of small yellow flowers. In the 90 degree temperatures and above like we’ve had the last few weeks, tomatoes shut down flowering to conserve all of their energy towards their roots and leaves. To a farmer these yellow flowers are a happy sight indeed.
All of the mid-summer crops including the Okra, October Beans, Crowder Peas and Basil look 100% better after the rain. The garlic is now out of the ground and curing in the sunroom to intensify the garlic flavor and prolong its storage life. We continue weeding and applying leaves to the kale rows to keep that crop going as long as we can. A different kale chip recipe below from CSA member Dionne – Thanks! The kohlrabi row also received a thorough weeding last week, just in time to be featured this week. Big thanks to Clayton CSA member Margie for this fun idea (and delicious – I tried last night and it reminded me of cauliflower).
Farm Food Favorite: Kohlrabi Fritters (from Margie)
The kohlrabi count reached 3 today, so I peeled & shredded them all. I mixed about half with one of Gary's eggs, maybe 3 TBS of gluten-free flour, and some sea salt. Dropped spoonfuls into hot coconut oil & fried until brown & crispy on both sides, then added another sprinkle of salt once I removed them from the pan, then took them out onto the porch with a glass of wine and a book. O........M........G. I was going to make slaw from the rest (digestive enzymes get cooked out, plus even gf flour isn't all that healthy), but I don't think I can resist making more fritters. They were just too damn good.
Kale Chips from Ladybug Farms (from Dionne)
Remove the stems from the kale.
Lightly coat with coconut oil and a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt.
Bake for 30 min on 200 turning once. (or until crispy)
Eat immediately or leave in the oven until completely cool then store in a brown paper lunch bag.
I look forward to seeing each of you tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10:30 until 12:30 pm in front of Butlers Antiques on Main Street- H building patio at the Stacks.
Until next week…