Many of you have seen our hay maze, but I am sure very few of you know what we do with the hay when we are done with it. The hay gets mulched on the strawberries. This does two things; first is to cover the strawberries and prevent them from the effects of freezing and thawing. Being shallow rooted plants they run the risk of being worked out of the ground and exposing their roots which could kill the plants. The hay insulates the plants and minimizes the freeze and thaw effect that weather change in the winter and spring promote. The second benefit is that in the spring we will rake the hay off the berries and it will become row mulch which will slow down and inhibit weed growth.
Here's a video so you can see all the action! Remember we are not professional film makers but you will get the idea!
I finally did it, I used up the last of my share. Here's what I did.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- Red-skinned sweet potatoes (I used the ones I had left)
- olive oil (just enough to toss the potatoes in)2 tablespoons honey (in fact this was from our share as well!)
- Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into chunks about 1".
Line a baking dish with foil (I hate the cleanup!) and add the potatoes with the oil.
Toss around so that the potatoes are coated with the oil.
Sprinkle with the salt, and bake, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes.
Heat your honey in the microwave just long enough to make it easy to pour
Pour over the sweet potatoes and bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
Last season, there was plenty of talk around the tables about pickles. I must admit to being given this recipe from one of our Share Holders-- Marianne Brinigar. It took me a long time to post it for her but here it is:
Bread and Butter Pickles
(makes 12 quarts)
- 1/2 bushel regular cucumbers
- 12 oinions
- 6 green peppers
- salt -- 1/2 cup to each refrigerator drawer of sliced cucumbers
Slice in circles into a refriderator drawer
Add 1 quaret ice and 1/2 cup salt to each drawer (will need 2)
Let stand overnight in refridgeator with weighted lid on top
Drain and rinse with coldwater and drain well