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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 16, September 18
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 00:00

Rainy Day Greetings,

Sunflower 2012Summer is driving off in a convertible with a bright green scarf around her head and a box of tomatoes in the back seat. We are less than a month away from the first frost! Lettuce that grew in just a few weeks in June and July is now taking time and a half to reach maturity. The soil temperatures are cooling slowly, but there is still much life in the high tunnel. Sunflowers I planted in August and didn't expect to bloom, have opened their golden and bronze petals and are in the buckets today.

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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 15, September 11
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 00:00

Good Morning,

SnapsBrrr! The thermometer on the porch read 44 degrees at 7am - that's only 12 degrees from freezing! I am usually outside by 7:30 on Tuesdays, but today I had to wait for the sun to warm the high tunnel before I could cut flowers. I don't think we'll have flowers too much longer with these night time temperatures. In fact, all of the flowers fit into one 5-gallon bucket today. Plants are slowing, browning, and bowing to the earth as the cold months approach us. This is also the last week for tomatoes, I think; it was a scant harvest and the plants are looking tired and ready for the compost pile.

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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 14, September 5
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 00:00

Happy September, Friends,

We hope you had a fun and restful Labor Day weekend!

HarvestYou've probably received a bunch of mixed kale in your basket lately. If you haven't tried this Kale Salad recipe yet, we highly recommend it. We made a quadruple batch for our friends' wedding and it was gone before the rest of the sides! Guests went back for seconds! Try blending several First Muse greens with the kale for a variety of flavors. Make extra dressing and keep it in the fridge for other salads. It's that good. Don't be stingy with the parmesan! ;-)

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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 13, August 28
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 00:00

Greetings, Friends of First Muse,

MicrogreensMicro-greens are the featured item this week! These little bits of flavor and crunch have a fairly short shelf life. Use them within 3-5 days, if not sooner. Before eating, rinse lightly and spin dry. Try topping a homemade pizza with them after its baked; add them to a salad; or if you have a special occasion or just feel like something new, try them here in my favorite micro-greens recipe.

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The First Muse Newsletter - Week 12, August 21
Written by Calliope Pappadakis   
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 00:00

Sunset August 2012Greetings Friends,

The crisp air over the weekend was a refreshing bit of goodness that helped me change gears mentally and prepare for classes that started this week. Sunday morning found me searching for a sweater and slippers; the thermometer on the porch read 59. You can feel the seasonal transition and the sun’s shift in the sky. With cooler temperatures, I started a bed of micro-greens and they have already sprouted in shades of purples, greens, and reds. I also transplanted 200 soil blocks of lettuce, kales, and mustard greens. This week I’ll start new pac choi and kohlrabi seeds in the potato and onion beds I’ve harvested and cleared.

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