Dinosaur Kale Sometimes called Toscano kale, Lacinato kale, or Italian kale; this kale is as gorgeous as it is diversely named. My favorite of its titles is Dino kale as the texture does have a Jurassic look to it. As I harvested it this morning I felt so much joy to think about what rich nutrients you’d each be getting and imagining what recipes you’d use it in. White bean kale soup, steamed greens, kale chips, massaged salad, and kale pesto are some of my favorites.
Tomato Our high tunnel, the unheated greenhouse where we grow tomatoes, offers just enough added warmth to keep the plants going into October. We’ll see how long into autumn they last!
Pumpkins October is here! Decorate for Halloween with these little seasonal beauties or roast them for soup or pie. Better yet- enjoy them as decor and then cook them up when November comes! They store beautifully as long as you don’t let them freeze on your front stoop.
Chinese Cabbage Also called Napa cabbage, this succulent veggie is perfect for slaw with Asian style marinades or lightly cooked as stir-fry. It does cook quickly so don’t leave it on the heat too long unless you like mushy Napa cabbage. You could also pickle it to make kimchi or try a simple recipe of sautéing with garlic for fifteen minutes and then roasting at 450 for fifteen.
Pepper The pepper plants are feeling the October chill and not producing heavily.
Watermelon Radish You may be asking yourself, “hmm.. what am I supposed to do with another odd radish?” If so, I hope you will be pleasantly surprised to develop as affectionate of a relationship with the fall storage radishes as I have. Watermelon radishes are particularly gorgeous, so marvel at the surprise, vibrant color inside. Then slice thinly or julienne for salad or, for my favorite, roast them in the oven until soft and sweet. Roasted radishes are a tragically under appreciated delicacy. These roots will store for months in a bag in your crisper so there is no rush to reveal the wonders of roasted radishes to yourself.
Dill Fresh dill for salad, dressings, soup or, if you are my six year old, raw consumption by the handful:)