It’s fall for sure here at Small Wonder Farm. I used the steam juicer yesterday to make grape juice. For the first time ever, the grapes came from our farm. Very exciting! I have blogged about this other years if you are interested in the process. I also made grape syrup with them. This was a new one for me. The recipe, a simple one required grapes, sugar (I used agave), and a bit of water. After boiling the 3 together, I ran the cooled product through my food mill and got a yummy syrup. We will use it like maple syrup and also add it to carbonated water to make grape sodas. Yum!
Other signs of fall are everywhere–including the kitchen where I have 1.5 bushels of apples staring at me waiting to be sauced. The tomatoes are only coming at a trickle now, but the cucumbers, peppers, and zucchino rampicante are still producing heavily. I harvested a few ears of each of the flint corns to get a good look at them. Beautiful does not do it justice. Most people know, I am a huge fan of color and the Red Floriani Flint Corn and the Oaxacan Green Dent corn are exquisite. In addition, potatoes, onions, and garlic are getting cleaned and bagged for long term storage.
Got lots more seeds in the ground today and the things planted a week and a half ago are coming up nicely. Today I planted chard, lettuce, more spinach, more scallions, and more carrots. I am excited about the new garden season and so happy to leave the worst of the heat behind. Today I needed long sleeves to have my coffee and granola on the porch.