End of Summer

End of Summer

As summer is slowly winding down, we like to enjoy the last of the crops that have survived this extremely wet summer. The tomatoes are on their last legs, but the peppers and okra are still going strong. The eggplants had a hard time producing with the pressures from certain pests. It may be nearing to the end of summer crops, but is is time to start getting some recipes together for all of those delicious cool weather crops. We should all be looking forward to some fresh greens such as kale, spinach, salad greens and many kinds of root crops. The carrots at the student farm were planted and then about a week later the row was carefully flame weeded to destroy as many of those pesky weeds as possible.

 

Carrots are high in beta carotene and are very healthy for you and are even better cooked with local honey! Those bees out at the student farm have worked hard to make that honey, and they have even had a few sunflowers to enjoy this summer! The sunflowers also double as a trellis for certain crops.

Here is a recipe that I wish to try once the carrots are ready, mixed with some local honey! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/honey-glazed-carrots-recipe/index.html

For all of you salad lovers out there, there are some great recipes to try for making your very own salad dressing! I am excited to try some of these this coming season with all of those freshly picked greens!http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/19/ranch-dressing-recipe_n_3769342.html

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/maple-balsamic-vinaigrette/

 

If you are feeling sad that all of those summer crops are coming to an end, just try to think about all the crops you have missed throughout the summer and start looking forward to some cool season crops that are growing at this very moment!! And, if you just happen to be close to the school, come out to the Farmer’s Market that will be hosted right outside the Natural Chef Cafe on the patio this Wednesday from 10-12 pm. There will be fresh produce to purchase such as garlic, potatoes, peppers, okra and more! Come out and talk to some of the students in the Sustainable Agriculture program and learn more about fresh local food! -Kyle Sandorse

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