the forecast.

The farmers at the CSA I belong to send out an email with the week’s “veggie forecast.” This week’s report suggested that the nights are getting cooler, and that a lot of the crops available for picking will likely last only until the first frost…which might be here sooner than we think. So, yesterday, instead of knitting sleeves as a break from my reading, I decided to spend an extra hour at the farm. I gathered at least 15 quarts of paste tomatoes, a canvas bag full of green beans, and a few handfuls of tomatillos for salsa — all in addition to the week’s share (onions, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, salad mix, basil, parsley, potatoes, leeks).

Looks like that veggie forecast has turned into a bit of a rooster forecast — I think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend! (Preserving. I just saw a recipe for tomato jam that looks pretty yummy, I’d love to can a few more quarts of tomatoes for the shelf, and I can always use more dilly beans…)

Also, I couldn’t help myself. I picked a huge armful of zinnias — the fields are still practically overflowing with them. Yesterday was the first farm day that felt like fall, and the cooler temperatures made it much easier for me to linger in the rows of herbs, flowers, and veggies.

I had about a quart of handpicked paste tomatoes that had ripened nicely in the fridge yesterday, and the plan was to make a small pot of sauce. I actually finished the book I had set out to read yesterday, so I decided to do something more elaborate — homemade noodles. This was the first time I’ve ever hand-cut noodles to a fettucine-ish width, and boy, do I need some more practice. Despite their irregularities, the noodles were delicious. We ate them immediately, with some homemade sauce. (And I didn’t even think to take a picture. My stomach was too excited about dinner.)

I do, however, have some non-pajama action shots of my textured shawl to share.

This is slightly too scratchy to be worn super close to my neck, but draped a bit more loosely, it adds a nice amount of warmth. It is also perfect to wrap around my shoulders while curled up on the couch. This will certainly be in my rotation of warm things this fall and winter — and I think it might look really nice with my Kerrera! Extra motivation to start those sleeves later today…

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6 thoughts on “the forecast.

  1. Wow, tomato jam, who knew?!?!? It’s high time I pick the remaining tomatoes from my tiny garden, wasn’t sure what I’d do with them as I canned a bunch from my CSA but this is intriguing. Then, the sauce, dying over here!!! Love the shawl, the yarn looks so rustic, reminds me of Fall.

  2. hi! i just wanted to tell you that i really enjoy reading your blog. your veggies looked great, pasta looked yummy, flowers are beautiful and i think you are a great knitter as well. hope you enjoy your day!

  3. Wow! So much yumminess. I am always inspired to cook and eat my veggies after you post about the CSA. Good stuff. (I won’t tell you what I’m eating for dinner …) Lovely shawl, it looks perfect for fall!

  4. OK, this is a post full of awesome! Your CSA always sounds absolutely amazing. I need to try my hand at making pasta. I love making gnocchi, but have never branched out!

    I think you should show us your pantry, full of all these amazing canned goods. I bet it’s gorgeous!

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