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Meet the Farm Staff
Carrie Cohen, Farm Education Coordinator
(269) 381-1574 ext. 24
Lisa Nevala Panich, Marketing/Communications/Sales
(269) 381-1574 ext. 38
Jenn Wright, VP of Education
(269) 381-1574 ext. 27
This Weeks Harvest:
Arugula: Perk up salads or enjoy as is.
Chard: A variety including Ruby, Fordhook, Rainbow…mild weather helps the flavors mellow. Try it again!!!Kale: Red, and Lancinato, and Rainbow. Growing fast with our cooler weather.
Summer Squash: With us till a killing frost. They grow slower in the cool weather and have improved flavor.
Tomatoes: Some more late season Toms. Enjoy while the season is still productive.
Turnips: More Purple Top and some Salad Turnips as well. What a great vegetable!!
Farm News from Farmer Pete
We often eat fruits and vegetables at specific stages of growth. Some are eaten immature in their growth cycle while others are consumed ripe. Apples can be eaten green but we know they taste best when ripe. Some cultures eat produce at a variety of stages. My favorite is beans. They can be eaten in the pod or snap stage, they are good in the shelling stage, and can be eaten in the mature, dry stage. Some produce is best at a specific stage. Zucchini is in the Cucurbita family and is eaten in the immature stage. We could keep it till the mature stage but the skin gets thick and the seeds overwhelm the insides and are good for bread. Other cucurbita is best mature, like pumpkins…no one much likes a green pumpkin. So when the opportunity presents a new wrinkle in food, try it. You may be pleasantly surprised.
Kalamazoo Nature Center • 7000 North Westnedge Avenue • Kalamazoo, MI 49009
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