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Frost-free Vegetables

October 14, 2010

We have a few light frosts under our belts now, bringing the season to somewhat of a halt. I can no longer pretend that Summer is still at hand. We still have a little late season harvesting going on.

We have green tomatoes, and a few un frosted red and heirlooms, though most of the crop was toasted. The peppers and eggplant will start to dwindle as well, but we will probably make it to the end of the month with some selection. Beans are safe so far, thanks to floating row cover, and should be available for a while still. You may have already heard that corn is finished, now to wait til July again.

Many veggies continue to thrive in the cold temps, well survive at least. Lettuce and greens like bok choi, spinach, kale, and chard continue to perform. Cole crops like broccoli and cauliflower are booming.

Broccoli is a tried and true dinner table staple, but cauliflower is a little rarer. But this should end, especially when there so many varieties now available, in many colors and shapes, there is a lot more opportunity to move beyond plain old white. Got picky kids? We’ve got purple. Orange. Green. Spiked. Boring they aren’t. Roasted, souped, riced, pickled, see what you can come up with.

 

Don’t forget, Apple Pie Contest Saturday @ noon. Still time to register your pie and win lots of prizes! Plus with a Nor’easter blowing in, Friday is shaping up to be a great day to stay in baking.

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