Happy back-to-school for all those share members who in the midst of fall changes! For us, September often sneaks up on us unawares. Often, we are in the thick of harvesting summer crops and so it doesn't really feel like it's almost time for fall. Plus, since we homeschool the boys, we also lose track of the standard school year. The tomatoes are continuing to do very well and our peppers are just starting to ripen peppers in quantities great enough to include in the shares. I hope to see many more ripe peppers over the next two weeks. We are taking a break from eggplant this week, but they will be back before our first frost stops their production. Instead, our second planting of beans is ready to be picked!
This week, I thought I would share some pictures of the animals that call our farm home. The addition of both baby goats (called kids) and baby alpaca (called cria) has made things particularly exciting this spring and summer. We are hoping for baby pigs sometime this year but it's looking like we may have to wait a little while longer yet.
Beans are another one of those quintessential summer crops. Not necessarily nutritional powerhouses, fresh beans still contain good amounts of vitamins A, B1, and B2. Really, you can't go wrong with a vegetable!
While we love beans, other than what I put in the freezer, we only enjoy them for the 6 weeks they are in production in the summer. With beans, simple is best and we eat most of our beans boiled or steamed and then slathered in butter, garlic, and salt. But a second best option for beans is Bean and Potato Salad. Here is my favourite version.