Archive for August, 2016

Delicata Squash

Fern Creek CSA–Week 14

1 by / on August 28, 2016, 1:08 pm / in Newsletters

Megan, a friend and prior student who recently returned from a year working with a rural farming community in Guatamala, came by to visit last week. She loved it there. She loved seeing the Milky Way every clear night, the family that embraced her for a year, the grounded simple way people live, including how seasonally and locally they eat–not […]

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Fern Creek CSA–Week 13

Fern Creek CSA–Week 13

2 by / on August 21, 2016, 8:22 am / in Newsletters

Today for the first time in the two years since I’ve had it, I pulled out the Mehu-Maija Juice-Extractor my mother-in-law handed down to me. For the first time we have enough grapes to give to CSA members, to dehydrate into raisins, and to make juice. Emma seems to be keeping the grape-loving raccoon at bay. The copyright on the […]

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Fermented (and Pasteurized) Sour Pickles

Fermented (and Pasteurized) Sour Pickles

0 by / on August 17, 2016, 11:52 am / in Farm Home Cooking, Food Preservation

I used to make dill pickles using vinegar instead of time to sour them. Last year I fermented pickles for the first time, and there is no going back. They are easy, and when you bite into one you may say, like I did, “Ah, yes, now this, this is a pickle.” Pickles can be stored in the refridgerator and […]

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Fern Creek CSA–Week 12

Fern Creek CSA–Week 12

4 by / on August 14, 2016, 7:46 am / in Newsletters

Last Thursday our well pump up and died. We were in the middle of harvesting when we realized water no longer flowed reliably from our faucets as we washed lettuce and beets. Mark went inside to start figuring out Next Steps, and Jana (my long-time Illinois friend ending her brief visit with us by helping with the Thursday harvest) and […]

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Corn stalks in the sun

Fern Creek CSA–Week 11

2 by / on August 7, 2016, 12:44 pm / in Newsletters

Mark is writing about humility this month. I love this final part of his Templeton grant–a book about virtues and how the Church and psychology can help expand and strengthen the ways we think about them. On one of our morning walks we talked about how historically Christianity has seen our relationship to Creation as one of humble stewardship, and […]

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