If the cooler weather this week isn't enough to convince you, this enormous pumpkin should be proof that it's getting to be fall in Southern California. Along with hauling oversized curcurbits to your back porch, there's a few exciting things going on at Farmscape this fall.
TEDxing: Farmscape co-founder Jesse will be speaking at TEDxClaremontColleges this Friday evening in Farmscape's hometown of Claremont. The event is currently sold out, but please make sure to catch Jesse's vision of a new food system and say hi to him if you already attending.
Call your Friends, it's Fall Planting Season: Within a week or two, Farmscape will begin switching our gardens to mostly fall and winter vegetables such as carrots, broccoli, and sugar snap peas. If you have a friend that has been thinking about getting a garden, now is the perfect time for them to call Farmscape. As always, we will give a month of free garden maintenance to any Farmscape member who refers a friend. Your friend will receive a free month of garden maintenance and a chance to taste the best yellow peas in existence. Call us soon; our Fall installation calendar is filling up quickly!
Fall Crop Catalog, Featuring Potatoes: Farmscape's Winter Crop Catalog for this year's cool growing season is now live on our website. Along with longtime favorites like Golden Sweet peas and Sugarsnax carrots, we have several new additions to the crop catalog this season. For the first time ever, I'm thrilled to announce that Farmscape is growing potatoes. If you've been enjoying purple, red and yellow potatoes from Weiser Family Farms at the farmer's market this summer, imagine how good they will taste after being grown in your own backyard. We've found that kids love the experience of digging up hidden treasure that's been hiding beneath their garden all season. We can't wait until harvest time.
In addition, we've reintroduced Napa Cabbage to our crop catalog. We grew Napa Cabbage with a lot of success in our first year in operation, but eventually decided to cut it from our crop offerings due to a lack of interest. This year, many of our members are starting to learn to can and preserve their produce, and we're happy to reintroduce this crop on their behalf. I can't wait for my first taste of Farmscape Kimchi.
If you're looking for ways to use up the bushels of tomatoes coming in now, check out Russ Parsons' recent post on the LA Times' food blog. Along with a terrific recipe for gazpacho (that's very similar to my well-tested favorite), Parsons also posted a link to 30 other easy ways to enjoy tomatoes that will give you some terrific ideas!
While you've got the grill fired up for your "end of the summer" barbecue, consider throwing on some of the bounty of fresh, summer vegetables that are filling the harvest baskets right now. A grilled vegetable salad is a fantastic way to enjoy any combination of your summer harvests, and the black beans and a greek yogurt-based dressing add enough protein for this to be a satisfying main dish.
As an alternative to ubiquitous hummus dip, I really enjoy making baba ganoush. Roasted eggplant combines so well with the tahini, garlic, and lemon juice in this recipe to create a really terrific flavor. It makes a great sandwich or wrap spread, as well as just a quick snack out of the refrigerator that'll leave you feeling pleasantly full.
If the summer heat is getting to you and the last thing you want to do is turn on a stove, this is the recipe for you. Lovely zucchini ribbons make a great raw substitute to pasta, and when tossed with a lemon vinaigrette and goat cheese, it creates a perfect light dish.