Carrots, uh, find a way — Knuckle Down News, Week 14

Carrots find a way

The first frost of the Season paid us a visit this past weekend. The farm is in a river valley and there isn’t much protection from trees so it shouldn’t be a surprise that we get early frosts. However, I just can’t get used to the idea of frost in September, sheesh!

I do have enough experience with the perils of wishful thinking in the fall that I covered up some of the tender crops, but not everything could be protected easily and much to my dismay, the tomatoes may be too damaged to recover. Fortunately I did harvest what I could on Friday and we still have some plants in the greenhouse, so there will still be at least some Tomatoes coming your way, but not the bounty we have been enjoying for the past few weeks.

The weather has warmed up a bit and it is raining now, so I hope the silver lining to this frost cloud is that our fall crops will be getting sweeter! Speaking fall crops, I will be sending along the few carrots that were able to make it through the drought this year. I am still hopeful some of the later plantings will still have time to size-up, but it will be a few weeks  at least before we see any of those. Unlike Tomatoes, carrots and frost have a happy relationship, the carrots get sweeter the cooler the weather turns.

Salad to be

Some of This Week’s Line-up

  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Summer Squash (Zucchini)
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Greens of some description
  • Herbs

Vegetable Recipes and Notes

Warning!

Tomatillos make delicious salsa, however, they are in the nightshade family and if eaten raw and under ripe they can make you sick.

The varieties that I grow should be eaten when yellow or purple, if they are still green don’t eat them raw. Thanks to Eva for kindly testing that out for us (sorry Eva!) I promise to do a better job of sorting through them in the future.

Sincerely,

Jenny
PERILOUS/DELICIOUS