Greetings! We hope this week's post finds you and your family doing well.
Have you noticed a slight change in the mornings? Our dew points were lower, making for cooler mornings without the heavy humidity. A brief respite, our normal summer patterns have since returned. Still, it was nice opening the doors for a few hours to enjoy fresh air, and recognizing that Fall is just around the corner!
Currently planted on the farm, but not yet ready for harvest:
- Eight-ball Zucchini (our speciality)
- Yellow Zucchini
- Yellow Squash
- Green Beans
- Pole Beans
- Yellow Beans
- Red and White Swiss Chard (another specialty)
- 5,000 collard plants! (biggest seller)
It will be 60-90 days before these are ready for harvest.
Pesticide-free Okra is currently being harvested on the farm. Try it in casseroles, soups, fried, baked, roasted and grilled (Recipes on the right).
Featured Vegetable - Carrots!
Carrots, like many root vegetables, are very sweet, and may easily be incorporated in side dishes, snacks, baked goodies, stews, soups, puddings, pies, juice drinks, enjoyed raw and may be used in just about anything else you can think of.
They seem to be most effective when slightly steamed. Because most recipes call for cooked, baked or boiled carrots, we have provided nutrient information based on carrots already having been processed accordingly. Just click here to see our web page with this information.
High in fiber, Carrots are actually tap roots which contain minerals, anti-oxidants, Vitamins A, C, B and K. Carrots contain beta carotenes in abundant amounts! Carotenes are cancer-fighting nutrients which are converted into Vitamin A by the liver. Carrot flavonoids help protect us from lung, skin and mouth cancers. Scientists at University of Newcastle have discovered that a substance called "falcarinol" in carrots may help fight cancers by destroying pre-cancerous cells located in tumors. Fresh Carrots are good sources of the anti-oxidant Vitamin C, and contain many of the B-complex vitamins like folic acid, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and B6 to help with the body's metabolism. As with all roots, depending on soil content, Carrots are high in assorted minerals.
Green and Red Bell Peppers
Red and Green Jalapenos (be sure to remove the seeds!)
White Skin Potatoes
Johnny Golds Apples
Golden Delicious Apples
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