Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Here Comes Yet Another Day of Seeding

"Here comes a new dawn, here comes a new day Tune up start to play, just like any other day. Can't stop, can't be late, mustn't make the people wait. Can't even comb my hair or even change my underwear."

Seeding continues to be the main focus of activity at the farm. While various clean-up activities are taking place, seeding continues unabated. Since the last post basil, peas, tomatillo, shiso, Aunt Molly's ground cherry, and okra have been seeded.

There are going to be six varieties of basil- Italian, lime, cinnamon, lemon, Thai, and Red Ruby. The lime, cinnamon, and lemon each have a slight flavoring reflecting their name. The Thai basil has a slight anise flavor. And the Red Ruby tastes just like basil, but it is a gorgeous red/purplish color.

Tomatillos are in the night shade family and are a staple in Mexican cuisine. They are generally green in color, a little bigger than a larger cherry tomato, and grow covered with a papery type husk that needs to be peeled prior to using. You might be most familiar with tomatillos if you have had some variation of salsa verde.

Shiso- Also known as perilla, shiso is more of an herb than a vegetable. It has a minty/lemony type of flavor. It is used to flavor a variety of dishes and can be used to make a shiso mojito , a sushi wrap, and a shiso miso soup.

Aunt Molly's ground cherry- This heirloom is not actually a cherry, but rather a small ground tomato. The fruits were recorded in horticultural literature as early as 1837 in Pennsylvania and are still common today at roadside stands in late summer. This outstanding Polish variety is prized for its clean flavor. This tomato has pineapple and vanilla flavor. Because of their high pectin count, they can be used for preserves, pies, over ice cream or in fresh fruit salads. (Slow Food USA - Ark of Taste)

Eggplant, sweet peppers, and tomatoes are on the way. Stay tuned.

The three following pictures shows the extent of the germination as well as how quickly the greenhouse is filling up. A couple of items have not germinated as well as desired. To rectify this a couple of extra flats were seeded to make up for this.

Baby spinach.

Support local farmers. Make as sure as possible that you know where your food is coming from. Strive to promote clear labeling of your food so that you don't unsuspectingly buy GMO's. (genetically modified organisms).

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Peace and healthy eating to one and all.

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