Last Saturday Cupcake and I attended what is considered by most in our neck of the woods to be the premiere event of the year.  Friends, neighbors, and captains of industry congregate for hors d’ oeuvres and dinner at our local Civic Centre. Silent, as well as live auctions, are the order of the day.  Donations flow freely and camaraderie is the order of the evening.

For the last twenty or so years we have been  engrossed in raising children and running several businesses . This left us little time for introspection or our community duties. All that has changed. With the advent of my diseases and decline in health, I have had more time to farm, help Vets and contribute to the less fortunate on the Key Peninsula.  Farming is a new avocation and I have been seeking a grant for a greenhouse from the VA as many know.

I took pictures of some of the harvest yesterday to send in to my Independent Living Counselor to tip the scales in my favor. Whether it will have any positive influence in his decision is debatable. Nevertheless, here are a few food-for-the-soul snapshots.

I was introduced to the carrot pit by my father-in-law over a decade ago. I had no idea you could preserve them all winter simply by ensconcing them in dirt. Importantly, it’s necessary to bury them sufficiently deep to protect against moisture or freezing. I discovered this problem when I had to move them in the middle of winter several years ago. One of my employees came by, dug them up and moved them to a new locale. In spite of my asking to carefully mark them, he didn’t. We spent a day digging about looking for them a month later. Daniel only buried them about six inches deep. Between the deer and inclement weather, they disappeared. I strongly suggest burying them at least 18 inches deep and carefully mapping their locale. You can dig them up all winter and have delightful, fresh coleslaw if your kohlrabi holds out. In lieu of that, cabbage may be substituted.

And the carrot pit.

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3 Responses to FLAVORS OF FALL

  1. peter says:

    Good work, I’m not into farming much; no room in the city. Just doing the lawn but may have to get a new lawn mower, My mower lost his green card..peter..

  2. Kiedove says:

    Very nice work.

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