Patchwork Green is a hillside and ridgetop farm overlooking the beautiful Canoe Creek Valley several miles north of Decorah, Iowa. Our family grows five acres of vegetables on a farm near Decorah, Iowa. We grow a wide variety of high quality, chemical-free vegetables using sustainable techniques.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

First indoor farmers market Saturday, November 9th

My cold fingers are a good sign that the season is changing. I had to hop in the truck and blast the

The next two nights are supposed to be well below freezing, and once a cabbage head is frozen solid, it takes most of the day to thaw out. You can't harvest a vegetable when it is frozen, or it will be rubbery and limp when it thaws out. This limits our harvest window this time of year. There is an indoor farmers market this weekend, and I'm playing it safe by harvesting many of the crops a few days ahead of time and storing them in the cooler (where it is a constant 36 degrees, often warmer than outdoors).

We'll be vending at the first indoor market of the fall this Saturday, from 9:00 to Noon at the Daanan Lansing Bldg at the Fairgrounds. We have lots of great fall carrots and broccoli, green and purple cabbage, red and white potatoes, winter squash and head lettuces. We also have parsley, dill, kale, chard, Napa cabbage, radishes, Salanova salad mix, boc choi and other greens.

Sara and I would appreciate any feedback you have to offer on how the season went for you and your family. We were pretty pleased with how the season came out, considering the weather patterns. We had good help on the farm this year (as usual!) and a strong finish to a season with such a slow start. You can email responses, give us a call (387-0837), or chat with us at the indoor market. Your feedback will directly improve the Patchwork Green Farm and what we can offer you next season.

1) Reflect on the contents of your CSA bag - quantity, quality, value,
2) Be specific: what vegetable or herb did you see too much of, what crop would you like us to grow, what kept poorly ....
3) How can we run the CSA traditional share better so that it best serves the needs of you and your family (more frequent delivery, alt. pick-up site, food from other farms like meats and baked goods, more flexible pick-up system ....)

Thanks for your feedback!!

Roasted Root Vegetable Soup from Love Soup by Anna Thomas

1# rutabagas
1# turnips
1# sweet yams
1# fennel
1# carrots
2# onions
4 T olive oil
2 tsp. sea salt
black pepper
2 tsp fresh thyme or 1 tsp dried thyme
2 tsp finely chopped fresh sage or 1 tsp dried
3 T dry sherry

For the vegetables: Preheat oven to 375. Peel and dice all the vegetables to a fairly uniform size, about 1 inch. Mix the vegetables together in a large bowl with the olive oil, salt, pepper to taste, thyme, sage and sherry. Vary the amounts of herbs to your taste, and the types of veggies you have on hand. Spread the vegetables over 2 shallow baking pans and roast them for an hour or a little longer, until they are tender and flecked with dark brown spots. Mix and turn the vegetables a few times during the roasting. There may be more than you need for the soup recipe, so save them for another dish!

1/3 cup pearl barley
1/2 tsp sea salt
5-7 cups vegetable broth
4 cups roasted root vegetables
1/2 cup whole leaves fresh flat-leaf parsley
2-3 tsp sherry vinegar

Combine the barley in a large soup pot with 1 1/2 cups water, a dash of salt, and 5 cups of vegetable broth. Bring the liquid to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer the barley, covered, for 25 minutes. Add 4 cups of the mixed roasted vegetables and simmer the soup for about 15 minutes to marry the flavors. Taste, and add more salt if it is needed. Add the parsley and sherry vinegar during the last few minutes.
Optional garnish: fruity olive oil or fresh creamy goat cheese.
heater several times this morning to thaw my hands out. I was harvesting cabbages, and needed thin gloves to have the dexterity to peel off the wet outer leaves. At 36 degrees, with clouds and a stiff breeze, it was hard to keep them warm! But, not to complain. It is November, after all.