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eNewsletter issue 126 | Oct. 15, 2008

Country fairs and hands on harvests combined with falling autumn leaves and harvest moons are signaling the oncoming winter months.  Better find time for a walk down a country lane, or a stroll around the block to check out natures fancy autumn colors.

In This Issue:
BULB PLANTING
ELSPETH'S RECIPE EXPERIMENTS
PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED
MARKET PARTY

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BULB PLANTING

If you have been postponing planting your bulbs then you shouldn’t wait too much longer to plant.  The ground and air should be cold.  The forecast suggests the next 14 days will be colder; best to get them planted before the weather turns too wet.  Place Bonemeal in the hole; Bonemeal  helps with the development of the root system.  Cover with soil.  Say your garden prayers that the squirrels, rabbits, ground moles and skunks stay away!

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ELSPETH'S RECIPE EXPERIMENTS

            In the cooking fest that was Sunday I managed to try out a few new recipes.  The combination of beets and oranges was more than a hit—it was a home run!! Using oven roasted beets; Peter and I were eating them as soon as they came out of the oven and were peeled.  Sweet, tender and delicious.  I am including the recipe that appeared in Chatelaine Magazine last month. You’ll find beets continue to be available in 10 pound bags at the Market.  The Outhouse, Walker, Joudrey and Wile taste panel gave this a “keeper rating”.  We were surprised by the unusual combination and the ease of preparation.  Our Mesclun mix from the Wolters farm provided the bed of greens to hold the beets and sliced oranges.

 

ROASTED BEET AND ORANGE SALAD

8 medium sized beets

1 tbsp olive oil

2 oranges

1 cup smooth ricotta cheese

2 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp dried dill weed or ½ cup finely chopped fresh dill

¼ tsp granulated sugar

Generous pinches of salt and pepper

¼ cup olive oil

8 cups mesclun greens or arugula

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Wash beets and trim leaves and stems.  Toss with oil, roast turning occasionally until fork-tender (about 60 min).  Remove skins and cut beets into wedges.  Finely grate peel from 1 orange into a bowl.  Stir into ricotta and salt. Remove peel and pith of orange.  Carefully slice segments out, discarding the membrane.  Whisk vinegar with Dijon, dill, sugar, salt and pepper.  Whisk in oil.  Before serving, toss greens with enough dressing to coat.  Divide among plates.  Top with beets, oranges and spoonfuls of ricotta.  Drizzle with dressing.  Serves 6-8.

 

The second experiment came with the use of sweet potato in my duchess potatoes.  The recipe is included for your use as well.  I am sure I have read about using the sweet potato; however the recipe is based on one I have made for several years.

 

MARKET SCALLOPED POTATOES

1 tbsp butter

1 medium sized onion, finely chopped

4 large potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

1 medium sized sweet potato, peeled and thinly slices

2 cups milk

Salt and pepper

Pinch of nutmeg

1 clove garlic, halved

1 cup shredded gruyere cheese

 

In a medium saucepan melt butter and cook onion until softened.  Add potatoes and milk.  Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, lowering heat and stirring often.  Rub cut sides of garlic over a greased shallow 6 cup baking dish.  Mince garlic and sprinkle in the dish. Top with potato mixture and sprinkle with cheese.  Bake uncovered in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes.

(Based on a recipe from Hungry for Comfort by Rose Murray)

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PUTTING YOUR GARDEN TO BED

            Now is the time to consider the list of things that need to be done for winter.  One of the heaviest chores to do early is tidy up the weeds that may have crept in since late summer.  Some plants may need to be cut back, however we suggest leaving perennials all winter because of the interesting seed pods and structures that become features in the winter garden.  The frost can coat seed pods and snow can catch in the branches.  A good snow cover can really help offer winter insulation to those plants that perhaps are susceptible to winterkill.

            Later when the ground begins to freeze hard in the morning consider adding extra soil around your hybrid tea rose bushes.  Bring in extra soil rather than digging around the bush and possibly exposing the roots.  The soil layer should be mounded up around the base of the bush by 8-10 inches.

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MARKET PARTY

            Reserve Friday, November 7 for our “See You in the Spring Party”.  November 9 will be our last day for this season.  Join us on the 7th for a dessert party and some special treats a few days before closing.  There will be more details in upcoming weeks, but mark your calendars now!!!

 

Happy gardening  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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