Weekly Weed Archive

Week Seven

August 4, 2010

What’s In Your Basket This Week?

  • Peppers:
    • Anaheim, Bananas,
    • Purple Bell
  • Basil
  • Onions, Yellow
  • Swiss Chard
  • Summer Squash
  • Carrots
  • Beets
  • Beet Greens
  • Broccoli
  • Rosemary
  • Lettuce

Ideas for Eating,Cutting,Cooking and Keeping the new stuff:

Bell Peppers

Purple, treat the same as any other color bell.They are sweeter then the green with a milder taste.We love roasted peppers.Throw them on the BBQ and blacken the skins peel or eat just like that.Under a brolier works too. Put in a brown bag while hot and the skin will come off.


Stuffing.grilling,and roasting.

Mild heat almost always eaten green.


Its flavor is mild to moderately hot (0–500 Scoville units), Yellow peppers are generally served pickled and tend to have a flavor similar to a vinegary sweet pickle.Good in salsa.

There has been a learning curve to growing peppers here.The old timers in the area said “tires”. We tried that a few years and finally have decided that black plastic works best.They need heat/warmth.Take hot peppers, for instance. A pepper aficionado said” hot peppers which hail from hot tropical climates with poor soils – lose their spiciness if grown in rich soils. The stress of growing in poorer soil is part of what imparts piquancy to a pepper.” So, next year I am planting peppers in the worst soil I can find for good hot peppers!

Hot peppers belong to the same family as sweet peppers, but differ in the amount of capsaicin they contain – the chemical compound that causes the burning sensation in your mouth. Sweet peppers have a zero rating on the Scoville scale (the pepper pungency scale that measures the amount of capsaicin present in a pepper, developed in 1912 by an American chemist). The hottest chilis, such as habaneros, have a Scoville rating of 200,000 or more. Jalapeños come in at around 5,000; Serranos at around 15,000. Law enforcement grade pepper sprays register about 5,000,000.

Most mammals – besides most humans – find the heat in a hot pepper unpleasant, but birds are unaffected by it . Biologists assume , and that the presence of capsaicin in peppers is an evolutionary adaptation to protect the fruit from consumption by mammals while the bright colors attract birds that will spread the seeds.Believers think there maker did it by design.

WEEDS,Thank You for weeding. It has made a huge difference.

The Carlings one of our share holders will be hosting at their farm ; Red Acre’s FAMILY Harvest Pot Luck, Pumpkin Pick and Corn Maze in September/October . Watch for the exact date.

We will be doing a sit down dinner here at the Farm for Adults only and infants in arms. This will be for Share Holders only.

This is our way of showing gratitude for supporting us and local farmers and fresh food. If at all possible we want everyone of you to attend.If there is a date or day that you CAN NOT attend in September please let me know. My first date choice is in the evening,Saturday September 11th. Lets get a date and I will have more information forth coming.

Bon Appitite

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