Salamander Springs Farm/Permaculture Organics

  (Berea, Kentucky)
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September 3 CSA box: the fruits of summer from your dedicated young permaculture farmers...

Hello CSAers: 

Mirra, Kayla & Richard are harvesting the fruits of summer’s labors for you and look forward to seeing you all at tomorrow’s market.  Give them your appreciation for their dedication and hard work in caring for the farm during my extended absence for my father’s hospitalization and burial.   They are the future generation of farmers this country needs!    -Susana
Here’s a poem from Mary Oliver which has brought me comfort these past weeks:

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars
of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,
the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders
of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is
nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned
in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side
is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it
to let it go.
-Mary Oliver


BOK CHOY -tender crisp heads of Bok Choy are a sign of fall coming, they can take the warm days but do do best when the nights start to cool.  Look back to our spring and early summer postings for recipes and nutritional benefits.

STIR FRY MIX again this week is packed with a variety of tasty nutritious greens:  daikon greens & shoots, sweet potato greens, kale, Bok choy, beet greens & chard, "perpetual beet spinach."  Our Kale & leafy greens are free of the toxic pesticides that placed them on the 2012 “Dirty Dozen:” most pesticide-laden fruits & veggies when conventionally-grown (see August 6 post).

LITTLE BABY CARROTS!  Another welcoming to fall - enjoy their crisp tenderness while they are little bitty... Carrots go well in so many dishes; look back to our June 26 posting for their health benefits.

SWEET PEPPERS We have several varieties of Bell and Italian peppers--ask us at the market about the varieties.  One of our favorite is “Corno di Toro” (Horn of the Bull) which we find sweeter than Bell Peppers.  Peppers are another “Dirty Dozen” toxic special when grown conventionally.

BANANA PEPPERS & YOUR CHOICE OF HOT CHILI PEPPERS Banana Peppers hardly classify as hot peppers, but if you really want to add some spice to your life, we have hot Habaneros, Thai & Jalapeños!   We also grow, dry & grind Hungarian Paprika peppers to use on the farm.  If you have a dehydrator and want to try it, let us know.

Old Time APPLES! - select a few of your choice at the market.  This tree has been on the Creek for a few generations, some years it hardly produces, but in a good fruit year like this one, it has produced abundantly.  Thank you to Cecil Clark’s parents for planting it (probably in the 1940’s).  Not cosmetically perfect means safe to eat!  Toxic sprays used on conventionally-grown apples give it top place in the “Dirty Dozen” list of most pesticide-laden fruits & veggies.

SUMMER SQUASH - take advantage of summer while it’s still here!  If you want to freeze or dry, our CSA members can purchase additional summer squash at the market at a discount ($1.50 lb).  You can have safe & nutritious Salamander Springs Farm summer squash this winter with the recipes we've posted all season.  Processing to freeze is easy--ask us at the market or use simple instructions online (   Conventionally-grown supermarket squash made the 2012 “Dirty Dozen” list because they are “commonly contaminated with pesticides exceptionally toxic to the nervous system."

TOMATOES -  Choose 1# of an heirloom slicer, a box of sweet cherry tomatoes or some plum tomatoes to dry for winter use.  While summer weather remains, our tomatoes are still producing.  If you want to freeze or can, our CSA members can purchase additional tomatoes at the market at a discount ($1.50 lb).  Conventionally-grown tomatoes are on the “Dirty Dozen” list of most pesticide-laden fruits & veggies (see August 6 posting).

STRINGLESS GREEN BEANS:  standard  or  Roma.  We think the Italian Roma beans are the best flavored of the stringless snap beans.  Picked while flat, when the inner bean seeds have not had a chance to form, they need little cooking nor stringing.  Eat raw in dips, put into stir-fries, egg dishes, steam or cook with butter & salt. 
We’ll also have several varieties of HEIRLOOM POLE BEANS at the market if you want to freeze or can for winter.  (CSA members can purchase additional beans at the market at $1.50 lb). Harvested when the inner bean seeds have started to fill out, heirloom pole beans provide a flavorful. protein-rich. centerpiece for a meal.   These larger beans need “stringing” before cooking (pull off the string along each seam from each end of the bean).  Cook about 12-15 minutes (the fatter the bean, the longer the cook time).  Heirloom beans with a pot of potatoes, pearl onions, butter & salt makes a simple, hearty meal with unmatched flavor.

CUCUMBERS  A family friend shared the recipe below with me while I was in Iowa.  Conventionally grown cucumbers are on the “Dirty Dozen” list of most pesticide laden fruits & veggies.

?FRENCH FINGERLING POTATOES - we’ll have quart boxes set aside for our CSA members - French Fingerlings are tender, buttery and great any way you prepare them.  Their rose-colored should not be peeled with a touch of pink in their white flesh.  No need to peel, much a a potato’s nutrition is in the skin.

SWEET CANDY YELLOW ONIONS  Enjoy the last of summer’s sweet onions before we move into the stronger winter storage onions.

For your taste buds, recipes, and for your health...


and last but not least...

FRESH BAKED BREAD & SPECIAL TREATS from Drew & Lindsey at Clementine’s Bakery.
?September 14-15 Permaculture in Practice Workshop at Salamander Springs Farm is FULL.   We have on-farm workshops again next year and Susana teaches workshops in many regions--if your friends or family would like to learn more about growing food & living sustainably by cycling resources, nutrients, & energy, have them email us via the farm website and ask be on our "workshop notification list. " 
Monthly farm tour, Saturday, September 14, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (time change because of the on-farm workshop schedule that weekend).  NO charge for our CSA members.  If you have not had a chance to visit the farm yet this season, please join us.  Email us if you need directions--Google maps will send you to the moon.


a simple tasty recipe from a friend, for breakfast or a refreshing afternoon snack

1 cup cucumbers, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1-2 Tbs. honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Place all ingredients in blender, and blend until smooth. YUM!

**********************NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION************************

See past blog posts for nutritional benefits of this week’s fruits and veggies and the “The Dirty Dozen” conventionally-grown fruits & veggies found most laden with toxic pesticides (2012 results of Environmental Working Group annual testing of pesticide levels in fruits & vegetables).

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