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Week  18
FARMER'S MESSAGE
By Jocelyn Craig
Windmill Field Manager  


What a gift the weather has been for those of us reluctantly letting go of Summer. I was told that it's technically not "Indian Summer" because the warm weather has not followed a frost. And, well, what's "Indian" about it anyway? The best explanation that I could find as to the origin of the term "Indian Summer" is that it may have been described by Native Americans to European settlers as a time that was good for hunting. You may not be hunting but I hope you've been otherwise taking advantage of the unusually warm weather.
In your share this week you will see a few surprise vestiges of summer: eggplant and tomatoes! As the weather threatens to transition to cool and wet the crew has been working hard to harvest the rest of the sweet potatoes from the field. More cover crop has been seeded to be watered in by the anticipated rain.
In addition to some 'old favorites', Watermelon Radishes are making an appearance in your share this week as are leeks. Watermelon radishes are beautiful and delicious sliced thin and lightly pickled (I like rice vinegar with a little bit of salt and sugar) and served raw in a salad or you can try roasting them. The leeks would be great in sweet potato pancakes. Ok, once again, getting hungry and signing off.

Enjoy the Harvest!
THIS WEEK'S HARVEST
  • Watermelon Radishes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Leeks
  • Kale
  • Chard
  • Fennel
  • Collards
  • Tomatoes, yes, tomatoes!
  • Eggplant
  • PYO Shishitos

THIS WEEK'S BREAD SHARE
  • Olive
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Seed Saving

Our farmers will demonstrate how to harvest, process and preserve heirloom seeds from your garden for planting next year. Seed saving is a growing movement to preserve the genetic diversity of plants available to gardeners, farmers & future generations.

This program is sponsored by the Shelter Island Seed Library - a joint project of the Library and Sylvester Manor Educational Farm. Please register at the Library (in person or by calling 749-0042).
 

Saturday, October 5
11am
The Farmstand
Free and open to the public

FARMSTAND
 
Check out our fridge for these new products, made from our farm fresh greens and herbs by our local partners: arugula-almond pesto, made for us by South Fork Kitchens at East End Food Institute and organic herb butters, made by Ali Katz Kitchen.

Quick and tasty meal idea: brown our ground pork with garlic, fresh sweet peppers, scallions and kale. Serve with pasta or rice. Delicious!

October Hours
Friday and Saturday, 9am-5pm
Sunday, 10am-4pm
UPCOMING HAPPENINGS
AT SYLVESTER MANOR
 
 
October
    5        Seed Saving Workshop
 13         Spring Bulb Planting
 18         The Bullish Farmer Film
 26         Harvest Festival
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We preserve, cultivate and share historic Sylvester Manor to ensure that food and art remain connected to community and the land. 
 
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