Staying healthy this winter and beyond!

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Hello to all my veggie loving friends,

We are having ourselves a good old fashioned winter, aren’t we?  Maybe with this abundant indoor time you’re able to get some good reading done or at least advance a few levels on Candy Crush.  Either way, I hope everyone is in good spirits and good health.

Asha

Asha Gala,Nutritional Education Trainer

Asha Gala is a Nutritional Education Trainer based here in Lebanon Township, NJ.  She is also a longtime Stone’s Throw Garden member and supporter. She has been Mark and I’s friend and Coach in teaching us the wonders of whole plant base foods on our health. She is a fantastic and fascinating person.

Asha is having an open house on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 2 to 4pm at her lovely and large home at 15 Windy Heights Rd, Califon, NJ 07830. She promises to include a free health/nutrition education class and a chance to sample foods.   For more info and directions: http://ashagala.com. ” No commitments or fees, just tasty, healthy, whole plant-based foods!”

Mark and I will be there and we hope you will be too. I have an abundance of exciting garden news coming very soon.

Season’s End

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It’s time to put the garden to rest for the winter.  Today and tomorrow are my final open days.  I am open today until 6pm. and on Saturday from 10am. – 3pm.

The greens are still lovely and worth one last trip to the garden.

If I don’t get a chance to say goodbye in person, let me wish you all a cozy, healthy winter .  It’s been a real treat to meet so many new people this year and share the bounty of the garden with you.  To all of my old friends who have been so supportive for so many years, I can’t thank you enough.

I’d love your comments on this season.  Did this new way work for you, or do you prefer the CSA  model I used previously?  Did you have any favorite veggies?  Any areas that need improvement?  All comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

I’ll send a post now and again this winter to let you know how next year’s season is shaping up.

With much gratitude,

Nora

 

This Week’s Veggies – Fri. Nov. 8th and Sat. Nov. 9th

The garden still has some fabulous fresh greens so I’ll open up on Friday and Saturday for what I really think will be the last two days of the season.

 

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Red Bok Choy

Here’s what’s available:

Bok Choy and a couple of other Asian Greens

Escarole

Kale and Collards and maybe some Chard

Lettuce

Salad Mix

Scallions

Spinach – minimal amount

This weeks open hours: Friday 10am – 6pm, and Saturday 10am – 3pm

 

This Week’s Veggies – Oct. 31st – Nov. 2nd

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Tat Soi

It’s been a banner fall.  I’ve never had the garden producing this late in the season.  That said, this will probably be our last week.

Even if the weather continues to cooperate, there isn’t a whole lot left out there to harvest.  I’ll let you know for sure after this week.

This week’s hours are Thursday and Friday – 10am – 6pm and Saturday 10am – 3pm.

Here’s what to expect:

Arugula

Broccolini/Raab – just a few

Bok Choy and a couple of other Asian Greens

Escarole

Kale and Collards

lettuce

Salad Mix

Scallions

Spinach – minimal amount

Turnips

 

 

This Week’s Veggies – Oct. 24th-26th

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Basket of lettuce

This scrumptious lettuce won’t last long with the frosty nights ahead, so buy one and get the second one at half price.

On the up side, kale loves a nice frost. It’s becomes even more delicious than it normally is.  I have both curly kale and red russian. Try the Portuguese Kale Soup in the recipe section of the web site.

Here’s what to expect this week:

Arugula

Beets – just a few

Bok Choy

Carrots- just a few

Chard-Kale-Collards

Escarole

Green beans- last of the beans

Lettuce – 2nd head is 1/2 price

Peppers – last of the peppers

Salad Mix

Scallions

Spinach – minimal amount available

Cilantro – Parsley – Dill

Fall Farm stand Hours: Thursday and Friday 10am – 6pm,  Saturday 10am – 3pm.

New Fall Farmstand Hours

We’ll have condensed Fall hours starting this week to reflect the changing garden conditions.

I’ll be open on Thursday and Friday from 10am to 6pm, and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

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End of season garden

More seasonal weather is finally working it’s way toward us.  The days are getting cooler and the nights are becoming downright cold.  It was bound to happen.  It’s hard to say how much longer the garden will keep producing, possibly a few more weeks, but things can change very quickly out there once the temperature dips down.  I am expecting to have a good amount of assorted salad and cooking greens this week with the possibility of a few other things too.

On Wednesday I will send out my post on what will be available this week.

It’s time to start thinking about soup.

 

This Week’s Veggies – Oct. 15th-19th

All this gorgeous weather is producing more gorgeous garden greens.  I have some beautiful lettuces this week and a fair amount of them, so I’ll be offering them as buy one, get the second at 1/2 price.  Along with the lovely bibb lettuce shown below, there are red and green leaf lettuces and some cute and tasty red and green oak leaf lettuces too.

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A small planting of broccoli raab and broccolini are ready this week for an end of season treat.   Hurry in because there will only be a few bunches of each.

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This will be my last full week of operation.  After this week, I’ll probably scale back my open hours depending on how the weather holds and how much is left in the garden.  I’ll keep you posted.

Here’s what to expect this week:

 

Arugula

 

Beets

 

Bok choy

 

Broccoli raab/broccolini

 

Chinese cabbage

 

Chard, Kale, Collards

 

Escarole – amazing giant heads

 

Green beans – lots of them and they are delicious

 

Leeks

 

Lettuce – buy one, get the 2nd head for 1/2 price

 

Peppers- red, green, and hot

 

Radishes

 

Salad mix

 

Scallions

 

Spinach

Tomatillos

Tomatoes – 1 1/2 lb bags of frozen, chopped tomatoes from the garden.

 

Turnips – salad type for fresh eating

 

Zucchini/squash- they are looking great for this time of year

 

Cilantro/Dill/Parsley

 

Flowers – still some lovely flowers available = bouquets or cut your own

 

Hours – Tue. – Fri. 10am-7pm / Sat. 10am-3pm

 

This Week’s Veggies – Oct. 8th-12th

As the end of the season draws near, I would like to give a big shout out to the flowers in the garden, especially the zinnias. They’ve been tirelessly producing beautiful blooms from July onward. The little darlings are growing tired now and I didn’t want them to fade away without acknowledging how their brilliant colors and delightful forms have graced our homes this season.
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The greens are still going strong .  I’ll have a few Chinese cabbages this week along with all the other greens

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Here’s what to expect this week:

Arugula

Beets

Bok choy

Carrots- just a few

Chinese cabbage

Chard, Kale, Collards

Escarole – amazing giant heads

Green beans – lots of them and they are delicious

Leeks

Lettuce

Peppers- red, green, and hot

Radishes

Salad mix

Scallions

Spinach – very limited

Tomatillos

Tomatoes – maybe a few pints of cherry tomatoes

Turnips – salad type for fresh eating

Zucchini/squash- they are looking great for this time of year

Cilantro/Dill/Parsley

Flowers – bouquets or cut your own

Hours – Tue. – Fri. 10am-7pm / Sat. 10am-3pm

This Week’s Veggies – Oct. 1st – 5th

How do you throw together a great salad?  Start with one or more of the following…..

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arugula, red and green leaf lettuce, white salad turnips, french breakfast radishes, salad mix,

add whatever else suits your fancy and there you have it!

The salad greens are in full glory now with this spectacular growing weather we’ve been having.  They really couldn’t look or taste any better.  A long winter of supermarket salads lay ahead of us, so take advantage of these marvelous greens while you can.

Here’s what to expect this week:

Arugula

Beets

Bok choy

Carrots

Chard, Kale, Collards

Escarole – world’s largest heads – you gotta see them to believe them

Green beans

Leeks

Lettuce

Peppers- red, green, and hot

Radishes

Salad mix

Scallions

Spinach – very limited

Tomatillos

Tomatoes – maybe a few pints of cherry tomatoes and a handful of plums

Turnips – salad type for fresh eating

Zucchini/squash- they are looking great for this time of year

Cilantro/Dill/Parsley

Flowers – bouquets or cut your own

Hours – Tue. – Fri. 10am-7pm / Sat. 10am-3pm

 

This Week’s Veggies – Sept 24th – 28th

 

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Fall Harvest Sampler

These are some of the vegetables available this week.  The beans on the left are a variety called Fortex and they are superb!  We also have some daikon radishes along with the french breakfast and regular cherry ones.  The little white salad turnips are back for their fall harvest too.  They’ll be delicious sliced up in the salad mix.

Here’s what to expect this week:

Arugula

Beans – green

Beets

Bok Choy

Carrots

Chard, Kale, Collards

Cucumbers- just a handful left

Escarole

Lettuce

Leeks

Peppers -green and red

Hot Peppers

Radishes

Salad mix

Scallions

Spinach – very limited supply

Tomatoes –still have some – mostly plums

Tomatillos

Turnips- white salad ones for fresh eating

Zucchini/Summer Squash – just a few

Parsley/Cilantro/Dill

Flowers – bouquets or cut your own

Hours – Tue. – Fri. 10am-7pm / Sat. 10am-3pm