Butternut Squash - Amish Community Growers, Platteville, WI
Sweet Potatoes - Amish Community Growers, Platteville, WI
Brussel Sprouts - Harmony Valley Farm, Viroqua, WI
Yellow Onions - Amish Community Growers, Platteville, W
Hello again, from your farm!
We hope you and your families enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday. Thanksgiving tends to be our second busiest time of year, second only to spring, and we're extremely grateful for this. There's nothing more heartening than sharing Thanksgiving recipes and learning that some of our harvests made their way to your dinner table. We're grateful to provide local food for your celebrations and special times when groups gather to cherish flavorful, local food.
We hosted an extended family Thanksgiving celebration at our farmhouse and traveled to Wisconsin for our second Thanksgiving. Then, we enjoyed turkey sandwiches, turkey barley soup, making stock, and freezing leftovers for winter meals. Our former greenhouse-mouser cat, who turned out to be an abysmal mouser but adorable cuddle buddy, "helped" us to prepare for the celebrations.
The farm is quieter now. Our crew members have moved back home for the winter. Buildings and equipment are winterized and tucked in for the season. That said, two of our beginning farmer friends had their babies and it reminds us of when we started farm business planning with our one-year-old baby, Owen. As these farmers spend the winter getting to know their newborns (and we send ours to college!), we're pulling out our old toys. We will lend them to farmers managing their new families while planting in the field this spring.
Before spring comes, we continue to reflect and recharge from a busy outdoor farming season. We hope you can recharge this winter, too as we collectively begin to daydream about what will be growing again soon.
Warmly, ~ Jeff, Jen, Owen & Gavin Miller
Notes from the Farm Kitchen
Winter greens are coming from the field this week! As a result of temperate weather, we've harvested field curly kale and mini-head lettuces. Both of these harvests were snow-covered at one point (though the lettuce was protected) and you may taste the difference from the freezing and thawing cycle activating the natural sugars contained within the leaves. This will be one of our last harvests from the field, as the remaining winter greens are growing within the warmer confines of our hoophouse.
Brussels Sprouts are making their final appearance in shares this season. Grown by our friends at Harmony Valley, these gems are like sweet little cabbages in that they are kept safe and hydrated by their protective outer leaves. As you might with any cabbage, you can simply remove any yellowed protective outer leaves and carry on! We savor them during their short season so please enjoy your sprouts much as we do!