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eNewsletter Issue 125 | Oct 8, 2008

 

Fall is a busy time—the long lazy days of summer have been replaced with the crisp air and sharp smells of autumn.  Energy and determination to accomplish projects before we begin nesting for the winter season are strong.  Avid gardeners are preparing their favourite garden spaces –cleaning them out and choosing spring bloomers from a fabulous selection.  Vegetables have been harvested and frozen, preserved, canned---lined up and waiting to give us all a taste of garden goodness on the coldest days.  One of our fanciest feast days, Thanksgiving, will be celebrated this week-end.

In This Issue:
CRANBERRIES
SUGAR PIE PUMPKINS
BULB PLANTING
ELSPETH'S NOTE

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CRANBERRIES

            Cranberries are abundant this fall—many folks we know are enjoying outings to Rossignol and other secret spots to pick this native Nova Scotia fruit.  The colors are deep and rich with a plentiful supply.  Along with superb flavour, cranberries have lots of medicinal properties. Many of you have tried our Cranberry Orange Muffins and know what a tasty combination oranges and cranberries can be.  For your Thanksgiving table, use a little grated orange zest and substitute orange juice for the water in your cranberry sauce.  It’s sure to perk up your cranberry sauce and give it an extra burst of flavour.  Another of our favourite ideas is to throw a few handfuls of cranberries into apple crisp.  Try including a few handfuls of raisins too.  This adds some sweetness without having to increase the amount of sugar. The red berries add a great color feature to this traditional fall dessert.

            Cranberries are great for decorating as well.  Use a beautiful glass bowl partly filled with water.  Float cranberries, apples and floating candles in the bowl for a Thanksgiving dinner table decoration.  Just scattering the cranberries around the base of pillar candles makes a simple yet colorful autumn decoration.  Hollow small pumpkins or gourds and fill with cranberries—put a candle in the centre—perfect for table place settings for Thanksgiving dinner.

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SUGAR PIE PUMPKINS

The perfect pumpkin for pumpkin pie is the Sugar Pie Pumpkin---our featured pumpkin and perfect for those wanting to make their pumpkin pie from scratch.  The pumpkins are dense and heavy for their size.  Don’t be put off if you find it difficult to cut the pumpkin—microwave for a few minutes, enough to soften the outer shell, then slice and peel.  Cooking is simple, either in the microwave or on the stove top—the sugar pie pumpkin cooks beautifully—smooth, not stringy and not watery.  Larger pumpkins have more water which can make the pumpkin very watery and more difficult to use in a pie.  This week sugar pie pumpkins are $1.50 each at the Market.

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BULB PLANTING

            Ready, set, GROW!  Yes, it’s time to PLANT!  The Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to put bulbs in the ground and the weather people are promising some sunshine.  At the Market we’ve stocked a very good selection of daffodils, tulips, crocus and hyacinths.  Alliums make lots of impact—tall and stately—remember in our gardens last spring—the tall spiky plants with the beautiful purple colored round ball shaped bloom on top?  Blooms show up in mid to late June. By careful planning you can enjoy color in your garden from mid March until late June. Start out with snowdrops, move to tulips, daffodils, then crocus, hyacinths and more daffodils and tulips.  At the Market we can help you select the right bulbs to extend the bloom season.

            Many folks ask about location for planting bulbs.  You can often plant under softwood trees and shrubs.  Pick bulbs that bloom early before the tree leafs out in mid to late May.  This will help to brighten areas in your garden where color may be lacking in the earliest days of spring.   Spring days are cool—and it’s perfect gardening weather.

 

            The harvest glow is spreading across the province this Thanksgiving Week-end  Our autumn scenery has taken on warm, earthy colors, trees and grasses in our yards and gardens are changing to hot reds, vivid oranges, lovely browns and shades of copper. Find a few moments to stroll your favourite outdoor paths and delight in the colorful autumn foliage .

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ELSPETH'S NOTE

            We will be following our tradition of having family and friends gather Sunday evening for a meal.  I will be trying out a new salad recipe as an appetizer, it features oven roasted beets (beets are still available at the Market).  I just saw the recipe in Chatelaine magazine and was really impressed.  I will share it with you next week if it passes our taste test.

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone…Mary

Our e-newsletter is prepared weekly by Wiles Lake Farm Market and offers timely tips and gardening information relevant to our local area and the latest Market information.  We hope you enjoy it and find it useful.  Feel free to tell your friends and encourage them to sign up to receive our next issue.

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