“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” ― Earl Nightingale
Six Months? Wow, I am not a good blogger!
We have had lots going on, and I have had many ideas that I wanted to share with you guys, I just have not sat down and took the time!
We had a very busy, productive, and successful summer and fall, and are planning bigger and better things for next year. Thank you to everyone who supported us with their business this season. You are what makes this possible. Our community.
As we wrap up are market season for the year (three more weeks til' Thanksgiving!), I wanted to talk about a few delicious products people may not be familiar with:
RED RUSSIAN KALE Isn't that georgeous?
Oh so similar, but different, then our familiar friend green curly kale, Red Russian Kale has a flat leaf, purple stem, and grayish-green to purplish leaves.
The flat leaf collects less dirt and is easier to clean.
It's leaves and stems are thicker and more substantial than green curly, and it stands up to cooking well.
It's flavor tends to be more mild and sweet. Lacking that "bitter" flavor some say kale tends to have.
I use it interchangeably with my green kale, (except for salads, where i prefer the more tender green leaves) when I cook.
Sweet, crunchy, juicy. Just a few words that describe Easter Egg Radishes.
These guys are an open-pollinated (non-hybridized) mix of white, pink, red and purple radishes. They can get larger than your typical red, grocery store radish varieties, while remaining crunchy and juicy.
They grow fast, (30 days from start to finish) and have a long growing season in the southeast. They can be grown as long as the ground does not have the potential of freezing. Radishes grown during summer months tend to take on a spicier flavor!
Great for salads, as snacks, roasted, braised, or pickled! But, we tend to like just about anything pickled.
Don't forget about the tops. Toss them in while cooking other greens, or try them in a salad. I recommend chopping them for a salad. Their leaves can be slightly hairy and have a spicy flavor and are best in smaller bites at a time.
Radishes are detoxifying, cooling, hydrating and are (surprise!) a good source of fiber. So eat them up! Or grow them in your garden! Very easy, as they germinate and grow quickly to out-compete most weeds.
We are planning on growing several other varieties in the spring. There are a lot to choose from, so check out the Johnny's Seed page on radishes and let us know what you would like to see on our market table next year!
I am planning on writing a piece about the produce I was able to preserve this year through canning, and what I have learned about the canning process through research, mistakes, and some very capable women in my life!
Hold me to it because it is a fun, satisfying and useful activity!