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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 11, August 14
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 00:00

Greetings Friends,

Young boarWildlife update: the photo on the left is a young, male black bear caught on the critter cam just last week in the woods behind our house. What a terrific photo and remarkable creature; something certainly has caught his attention. Over the weekend, my brother, niece, nephew, and I took a walk through the woods and found a pond flanked by corn fields on one side and a pine forest on the other. We could see fish jumping as we approached the water. Every time we cast our lines, we reeled in a large bass. My 7 year old nephew turned to me and said, “This is a wonderful day!” We hurried to find our way back to the road as the sun was setting over the valley in streaks of pink, blue, and deep purple.

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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 10, August 7
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 00:00

Happy Halfway Point, Friends!

Macarena LoveWildlife update: I spotted my first coyote in the field across the road last week. She was alert and saw me before I saw her. I had always imagined coyotes as mangy-looking, but this creature stood tall and proud with a thick white and tan coat. She made it to the tree line before I could get my camera. I kept Maggie, our cat, indoors all week since coyotes prey on cats...  until she snuck out of the house and made close friends with a skunk. She's been outside ever since. I did dunk her in Dr. Bronner's Peppermint soap and that seemed to help.

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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 9, July 31
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 31 July 2012 00:00

Greetings!

ShallotsHot July. Plants start to look overheated this time of year. Leaves are browning on some crops as they pass beyond their spritely green growing stage, marking the time of final plumping, sweetening, and nearing harvest. Kabocha squash fruits, the color of the Sugar Maple leaves in October, hang heavily on their slow-dying vines, curing in the sun, deepening in color and flavor more each day. I wish I could grow a whole acre of Kabocha. Tall onion stalks are falling over and beginning to dry as their bulbous roots swell in the soil below. Potato plants have withered and their death is an indication that the spuds below the straw and compost have hardened their skins and are ready to be dug and stored.

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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 8, July 24
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 00:00

Red Thumb from CookEatGood Morning,

A new item today, dug up in yesterday's hot afternoon sun is the Red Thumb Fingerling Heirloom Potatoes: "Dug as small 'babies,' these bright red-skinned thumbs of delicacy have beautiful dark pink flesh. Pleasing flavor and firm flesh is perfect for roasting in olive oil and rosemary, then caramelizing. Serve with your favorite steak and salad." We have tried them fried, braised with Osso Bucco, and roasted; and roasted is our favorite, especially in this Crash Potatoes recipe.

 

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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 7, July 17
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 17 July 2012 00:00

Greetings,

Goldy Summer SquashThis season I've been working on harvesting and marketing different stages of the crops in order to make the most use of the plants. Some examples include Summer Zucchini Squash whose blossoms are sold in May and June to a local restaurant and whose fruit goes into the CSA baskets in July, August, and hopefully September. That's 5 months of harvest from the original plants and zucchini is a fast grower and a prolific producer. Plus, bees love their flowers!

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