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Almost.

The next couple days are supposed to get warmer and warmer, topping up in the 60’s!  Mind you, I am not under the impression it will stay that way.  I can think of at least two years in the past that we had snow on the ground in April.  My mind can’t help but drift here:

and here:

and here:

Okay, so that isn’t a garden, but it reminds me a long sunny days, fresh wash on the line, and just how tiny the twins were last summer. 

I am dreaming of berries, spinach, lettuce, beets, radishes, tomatoes, onions, and herbs.  They all grew so well last year I can’t help but do it all again.  Then there is the hope of potatoes, garlic, shallots, carrots, and peas.  Our CSA gives us plenty of peppers, corn, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cukes and green beans.  Then there are herbs, oh I can not wait for fresh herbs!  I’m starting to put together what my garden will look like this year.  My little 2x8ft bed might need expanded.  I’m thinking a 3×3 or 4×4 bed on the other side of the back doors might be nice.   I’m also trying to formulate a small cold frame or hoop house to jump start the growing season.  I’ve never had good luck with starting seeds indoors and transplanting them.  I’m hoping the direct sowing in warmed soil will give me an extra couple weeks with success…that and I am really anxious to get some spinach, lettuce, and herbs going!

In reality, the wind chill is 14F right now, though there is the promise of warmth a few days out.  Meanwhile, I browse sites like Tim’s Square Foot Gardening Page and this message board

What are you planting in your garden this year? Have you joined a CSA yet?  If you are interested in a CSA, be sure to visit www.localharvest.org for more info and farms in your area.

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CSA (oops)

For the last two weeks I have not posted a CSA report.  I am so sorry and am not sure where my head is.  Well, I do, my FIL is in his last days and fielding questions from the girls is nearly a full time job.  Death is so hard, even when you are “prepared” for it coming. 

For the last two weeks our boc has been nearly the same.  Here is what was in each box:

  • head of cabbage
  • cauliflower
  • 8 tomatoes
  • 2 butternut squash
  • 12 turnips (not big ones)
  • 6-8 sweet potatoes
  • 3 eggplant
  • 1 acorn squash
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 12 apples

Needless to say we have enough squash to fill a whole freezer and ours is full.  Thankfully, they store well in our unfinished basement in milk crates.  They will keep nicely down there for months on end.  When I manuver my way down there (ick, we have a low ceiling, through the end of the garage, trap door, yucky (but dry!) basement) I get 2 or 3 of them.  They get cooked all at once and the extra frozen for in pancakes, soups, etc.  1 cup at a time works well as that seems to be the smallest quantity I use. 

I am pretty sure we will get a CSA tomorrow as well, but I do expect it to be the last or next to last.  We had two nights this week that dipped below 30.  I feel completely un-prepared for winter and it seems to be knocking on my door.  Food-wise I am good.  It’s more the garden, boots, coats, mittens/hats, etc. that I really need to get cracking on.

These next two weeks, I am once again going to be “boycotting” the grocery again with all my might.  Things are so tight, too tight and I can either whine about it or do something.  Since the food budget is the only  flexible one it is the one that goes on a diet.  Tomorrow I’ll head there for cheese, bananas, and other odds and ends necessary for the next couple weeks, but I plan on spending less tham $50.  Other than that I plan on buying my produce/eggs/milk from the farm and that is it.  I find in doing this that I pull things out of the back of my cupboards to use as well as planning ahead more.   If I am able togive our budget a $100-$200 cushion it will be well worth it.

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CSA Report

So far the farm is saying we are good to go for a few more weeks.  I’m pleased seeing as we got a late start to the season this year.

This weeks haul:

  • 4 heirloom tomatoes
  • 4 standard
  • 2 onions
  • 1 quart of jalapenos
  • 3 bell peppers
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 6 pears
  • 8 apples
  • 1 cauliflower

…and advice on canning as well.  It seems there is a run on canning supplies in our area.  Starting about three weeks ago you couldn’t find any jars at any of the stores.  Our farmers called up to a state away until they finally found some and are getting a half pallet of both pints and quarts shipped in for people to buy.  The wife has canned for years and years and is full of advice.  Our farmers are always good for a bit of advice and I greatly appreciate all their help.

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CSA Report

Today, the kickoff of my “grocery Challenge” I get stuck with an entire extra CSA box…figures.  I’ve been delivering to a gal for the entire summer…ALL summer and never, ever has she just not been there, not called, nothing.  So instead of $20, I am paying $45 this week out of the budget for our CSA (not complaining, I got a TON of food for$45, but I didn’t have the time budgeted to prepare it.  Good thing I’m not used to a cookie-cutter day 🙂

So here is what was in one box, so I got double of this:

  • 1 acorn squash
  • 2 butternut squash
  • 2 spaghetti squash (need recipe, anyone have one?)
  • 1 pie pumpkin
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 3 onions
  • 8 peppers (2 red, 2 yellow, 4 green)
  • 1 cauliflour
  • 1 cabbage
  • 8 red apples
  • 4 yellow apples

Quite a stash to get double of isn’t it.   16 peppers, 24 apples on top of what our tree is giving us, 12 tomatoes!!!!  My counters are piled high with peppers and tomatoes and the squash and pumpkins need a home in the basement corner.  I can not believe it is that time already for wrapping and storing squash.  And cabbage, I’m planning on two jars of sauerkraut, but I still have a head left from last week…what to do with all that cabbage?  It’s a healthy abundance I’ll enjoy preserving and serving fresh.  I’m thinking I need to start freezing some onions and peppers for use in winter soups and stews.

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habits

I have gotten out of the habit of posting my CSA goodies! I’m not sure how, but so it goes.  Funny how it takes so long to get into a good habit, but breaking it seems to come easy.  I wish bad habits were so easily broken.  

If I am figuring correctly, we have about 2 to 3 weeks left on our CSA depending on how the weather holds.  I’ll miss the fresh produce.   I’ve stopped going to market as our local market has officially made me grumpy.  The last couple times I went they had baked goods, tomatoes, onions, and lots of crafts…um, it’s a FARMER’S market, not a craft show.  I really hope they re-organize and have it more market-like for next year. 

These next couple weeks we are trying to HEAVILY rely on our overflowing freezer and food-stores as we’ve had some expenses that have strained us to the penny.  It’s humbling to say, but my goal is to not spend more than $20 on groceries the next two weeks because that is all I have.  We are blessed to have the food-stores we do for times like this, so that we are able to skip groceries and focus on staying afloat.  I know there are many in much worse state than we are.  I’ve also picked up a couple shifts at my parent’s place to hopefully help ease the strain and am full-force potty training as I just can’t see us paying for diapers anymore when the twins are so close to having it figured out and doing it.  Other than that, life moves forward.  Thankfully, our Y takes payments on sports teams (swim team is so expensive, but long term and justified.)  Speaking of swim team, my girl has moved up a lane.  From what I understand that means she has progressed a “level” and she was quite pleased so therefore so am I!

Back on track.  Our CSA box for this last week was overflowing!  We received:

  • 1 cantaloupe
  • 2 butternut squash
  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 8 tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 6 bell peppers
  • 2 eggplant
  • a head of cabbage
  • 2 dozen apples
  • and this:

  

These cayenne peppers are each about 10 inches long, aren’t they beautiful!  While tempted to put these into the dehydrator to speed them up, I like looking at them.  It’s a reminder that fall is just starting, of chili on cold winter days, and besides…red is my favorite color.

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CSA report

No market this week since husband and I were off camping.  Our CSA box, though, did not disappoint.  There was so much bounty that I didn’t even count much of it:

  • watermelon
  • cantaloupe
  • dozen corn
  • tomatoes
  • green beans
  • red potatoes
  • peppers (bell, red, and Cayenne)
  • onions
  • ground cherries
  • squash
  • cucumbers

Not sure what a ground cherry is?  We have one growing as a “weed” near our porch that still isn’t finished.  I have no idea what I will use them for, but am always up for trying something new….perhaps a jam or something.  Here’s a photo of the lantern-looking pods with the berries inside, beautiful photo worth checking out!

Camping post coming up.  I love camping, don’t mind sleeping on an air mattress, prefer to cook over a fire (which I’m not that good at), and being outdoors.  We had beautiful weather, great company, amazing (and for the most part easy) trails, and each other.  Does it get any better?

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CSA

  • 18 ears of sweet corn
  • 3 onions
  • 6 tomatoes
  • 12 jalapenos
  • 6 apples
  • 2 green peppers
  • 2 lbs. green beans
  • 8 red potatoes
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon (moon and stars variety)

Market

  • peaches
  • honey

My market buying is going to have to back off some for the next couple weeks.  I will be out and about quite a bit including vacation in there as well.  The CSA has to get used, I do not want to waste any of it, the market is my bonus trip.  I do enjoy being up early, getting first pick, visiting with other early birds, and simply having a quiet start to a day…it’s the only day of the week that I’m able to get a quiet start.  Thank you dear, sweet husband who willingly lets me go and who stays home with the girls!  I married a great man.

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