A Shareholder Writes About Solar Cooking; Farmer John Takes on the Microwave – 16th Harvest Week: Tue, Wed, & Thurs Delivery for Sept 25, 26, & 27, 2012
Farmer John Writes . . .
Greetings from Angelic Organics
Extended Season Shares are Available
We have splendid fall crops. If you’d like to get deliveries in November, send a check for $120 for the 4 box extended season, or $60 for the 2 box extended season, along with your name, physical address and email address to: Extended Season, Angelic Organics, 1547 Rockton Rd, Caledonia, IL 61011.
A Shareholder Writes
(Note from Farmer John: I enjoyed this email from a shareholder so much, I decided to make it the main entry in Farm News this week.)
[Dear Angelic Organics,]
Just wanted to share some pictures of beets I roasted in my solar oven. The solar oven is from SunOven International (in Elburn, Illinois). I’ve been solar cooking as a hobby for about 5 years now. The day I did these beets was a bit overcast – the oven stayed in the 250 degree range for most of the day (good for slow roasting beets!). On a day with full sun the oven will hit 300-350 degrees. I cook meats, veggies and baked goods in my SunOven. Zuchinni (from the Farm Box) Brownies are a favorite solar baked treat. I’ve also learned to read the Newsletter provided each week. Several years ago I cooked an odd looking summer squash (put it whole into the SunOven) that was actually a melon. Opps!
I’m looking forward to roasting the pie pumpkins, other winter squash, and potatoes yet to come in my Farm Box. Red Kuri squash seems to get especially nutty and sweet when slow roasted. It’s my favorite winter squash and I’m always happy to see them in my Farm box.
I also wanted to say a big Thank You to everyone at the Farm for all their hard work and for providing such wonderful produce every week!
PS: For more info on Solar Cooking and how to make your own solar cooker see the SolarCookers.org site.
About Microwave Cooking
One can easily surmise that “heat is heat,” but maybe all heat is not the same. Several years ago, we published an article about microwave cooking. Many shareholders told me that after reading it, they threw out their microwave ovens. You can find a version of that scary article here: http://www.xpressnet.com/bhealthy/microwaveP.pdf .
Please Note: this summary is written before you receive your box—please be aware that some guesswork is involved. As always, be sure to thoroughly wash all of your vegetables.
Fruiting Crops – red & green tomatoes, green heirloom tomatoes, acorn and other winter squash
Brassicas – broccoli, maybe cauliflower
Salad Greens –lettuce, arugula, spinach
Root crops – celeriac, beets, bunched radishes
Herbs – cilantro
Vegetable of the Week: Celeriac