Seedtime & Harvest Newsletter This week’s produce is bright, beautiful and delicious!
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August 8, 2014I received the following email message:
I have never cared much for onions. I use them only because I do realize they add a flavor dimension to certain recipes. But, we are definitely not friends. I especially dislike sorting through the bruised and crusty bins at the store. After finally finding one that looks okay, I slice into it at home only to find that it is soft, mushy, and milky. Bleh.Our Seedtime onions this week are so lovely. I really had no idea that such pretty onions existed! I wonder – are onions available into the fall, and if so, would I be able to store them somehow for the winter?
On an unrelated note, my husband and I took our children to Washington, DC for our annual family road trip a few weeks ago. While there, we visited the National Gallery of Art. Maria’s photo of the handheld carrots reminds me of this painting by Van Gogh – the colors and idea are so similar: Recent Acquisitions
God has provided us much beauty by the fruits of His earth!
Have a wonderful week,
These were white onions which do not store very long although I have kept them in the cooler until fall.
Red onions and yellow onions will store, at room temperatures, especially a cool basement, until spring. Yes, a few will sprout; a few may rot. But most will survive.
Last year we had lots of rot in our crop. We think we packed them too close on the curing pallets. We lost probably half our crop, as they continued to melt down. This year, we planted less and hope to get them to properly cure and develop dry outside skins. We are constantly learning in this farming game.
But sometimes, it is frustrating. We have had crops where random onions will have one layer of flesh be a bit moldy or dark. Too much water? Too little water? A rainy spell?
We examine the fertility of the soil if the crop is not perfect or has a bug or fungus problem. Something in the soil is not balanced correctly. The cell walls of the fruits are not what they could be and should be to resist attack.
I am not trained in soil science but must depend on organic soil consultants. We have witnessed when we follow the ‘for-our-soil-only’ program and feed and fertilize a crop as advised, it is amazing what the plant can perform. For example, feeding is about the only way we have ever overcome an aphid infestation. No amount of organic sprays would halt the spread of aphids. (Of course, aphids are a tough problem as they are born pregnant!)
If the energy level of the soil is correct and the energy level of the plant is correct and all is balanced, the fruit will taste delicious, be full of nutrients, and have little or no disease and no insect problems. Lofty goals!
Disease and insects are Mother Nature’s clean-up crews designed to break down weak plants and return them to the earth. If mineral ratios in the soil are correct, the plant is strong and healthy. No fungus, blight, or insect crews needed.
Just as in the wild. Wolves do not prey on strong cows and bulls but instead pull down and devour the weak and sickly, which also benefits the herd.
Thanks for interacting with us … I certainly enjoy your notes. Enjoyed Van Gogh, too!
Lots of wonderful veggies this week. We are loaded for Market. Bonus time for CSAs! CSAs are running 50 to 60% extra. We had the crops and the help to pull it all together. Only short in the tomato department. What tomatoes we have are BEAUTIFUL. And the flavor!! Ooolala!!!!!
Alissa took a cracked Black Sea Man tomato home for BLTs. “I don’t really ‘like’ tomatoes but that tomato was AWESOME!”
Spread the word about eating locally, seasonally.
Yes, tomato season really is coming …
And pepper/eggplant season …
AND winter squash/sweet potato season ….