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Beets, Berries and Root Veggies

July 1, 2011

Market Update

This week Serious Farms will offer the following veggies at the Selinsgrove Farmer’s Market from 9am-1pm:

  • Wild Black Raspberries (Featured in our recipe of the week)
  • Root Vegetable Variety Packs (Carrots, Turnips, Parsnips and Rutabagas- Perfect for grilling!)
  • Red Beets
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Kale
  • Turnip Greens
  • Fresh Herbs: Dill, Parsley, Mint
  • Garden Fresh Flower Bouquets
Field Notes

A lot of people at the Farmer’s Market ask us where Serious Farms is located. Harvey and I live in downtown Selinsgrove with his parents, and we’ve converted most of the yard from grass to food production. We also have a couple of plots at the Selinsgrove Community Garden. We’re a farm in transition. We’re in the midst of a farm hunt- looking to buy a nearby small farm. Ideally, we would like to live on our farm by next year, so that we could continue to grow vegetables, get back to pastured poultry, and start some new ventures. (Pigs, honeybees, shitake mushrooms…) Keep in mind that when you buy from us, you are literally helping us start a new farm.

The Community Garden has been a blessing for us. We’ve met a lot of gardeners- from beginners wondering which end of the tomato cage goes in the ground to much more experienced gardeners able to recommend organic pest control methods. It’s exciting to be a part of this as we look around us and the patchwork of garden plots containing many different approaches to growing things. About a week ago I noticed Colorado Potato Beetle larvae on a nearby gardener’s potato plants. His potato plants are more mature than ours, so I assumed the bugs would be coming to our potatoes next. The larvae are sensitive to lime, so we dusted our potato plants with lime, and we’ve yet to see the pests. (He did the same and now his potato plants look healthy and free of Colorado Potato Beetles.)

We could go on about the community garden, but let us also tell you about our work this week. Last I looked, our potato plants were small, but this week they were so tall that we started hilling them up. (We “hill up” potatoes by mounding soil around the growing plant. This encourages the plant to produce more tators.) It’s hard work, but we’re enjoying the task of tending all these plants. We’re out in the fresh air and sunshine, doing work that makes us physically tired by the end of the day. The work itself is very satisfying though. We’re growing food- the vital stuff of life. It’s good to feel our work has a purpose. Speaking of, if you are interested in visiting or volunteering at Serious Farms, please email us and make arrangements. (seriousfarms@gmail.com)

Our recipe of the week is Raspberry Bread Pudding, featuring our Wild Black Raspberries. It’s an easy crowd-pleaser. We recommend making it for your Fourth of July picnic, so be sure to stop by our table tomorrow to get raspberries and the recipe. If you want to grill, grab one of our Root Vegetable Variety Packs. Slice up carrots, parsnips, turnips and rutabagas, then toss with olive oil and seasoning before grilling.

If you have any questions, please email us at seriousfarms@gmail.com.

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