I love these chilly mornings in late August. It is a reminder that the farm is beginning to slow down as autumn approaches. It’s always relieving to know that we, the farmers, are going to have a break soon. Every farmer I know gets really tired by this time in the summer trying to keep up with all of the work. It’s really exciting when the weed pressure slows down, we don’t have to do much or any greenhouse work, planting is almost over, and all we have to do is bring in the harvest. Speaking of harvest…
This weeks box holds:
- head lettuce
Recipe #1: Healing Cabbage Soup
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 quarts water
- 4 teaspoons chicken or vegetable bouillon
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 head cabbage, cored and coarsely chopped
- 1 tomato, chopped
- as many other veggies as you want, chopped!
- In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Stir in onion and garlic; cook until onion is transparent, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in water, bouillon, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then stir in cabbage and other hard vegetables. Simmer until cabbage wilts, about 10 minutes.
- Stir in tomatoes. Return to a boil, then simmer 15 to 30 minutes, stirring often.
- Put 1 tomato, cilantro, and salt to taste in a blender or food processor until totally liquid.
- Chop another tomato and add to liquid.
- Add chopped onion and/or garlic if you like it.
- Add chopped red or green pepper.
- Add chopped hot pepper if desired.