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Hot Pepper Time! Also...Perennials!

Posted 9/7/2017 7:59am by Christy and Chris Kantlehner.

Hey farm friends! 

It's Lauryn here! I literally got giddy getting ready to write this email because tomatoes and hot peppers are two of my favorite things - especially when there is big variety of them. And if you step into the farmstand these days, variety is what you'll see! And colors. Lots of beautiful, vibrant colors. 

With this weather, the tomato season is waning fast and while there may not be a large overflow at this time of year, there are still plenty to choose from. Sauce tomatoes are at the stand and ready to buy at $20/flat. They are first come, first served, so grab them while you can. 

For tomatoes, I personally am a tomato freezer. I like to blanch my tomatoes and peel them, line them on a cookie sheet, flash freeze them (so they don't all stick together) and then load them into a freezer safe ziploc bag. They store great in the freezer for a long time (mine are usually used by March;). I pull them out, defrost them and load them up into chilis, tomato sauce, tacos and enchiladas, stews, you name it. 

As for the hot peppers, there are loads of them.  This year, try making a hot sauce! It stores beautifully for months in your fridge, no need to preserve. The variety of peppers at the farmstand is large; we've got thai chile, habanero, serrano, jalapeno, even ghost peppers to add a little extra heat! One of the best parts of creating a hot pepper sauce is that it is just that - a creation. Add hotter peppers for a hotter sauce, or keep it heavy on the jalapenos for a bit miler of a hot sauce. 

Here is a good step-by-step tutorial on making a hot sauce

Let us know what pepper mix you end up using and how yours turns out! 

A few more ideas for those hot pepper finds: 

Cayenne - best for ristras (stringing)
Hot wax - great for pickled hot pepper rings
Thai hot - good for drying to make red curry paste
Anaheim - the green chile of southwest cuisine
Cherry bomb - excellent for pickled rings or pickled stuffed peppers

Okay, time to switch gears...let's talk about PERENNIALS! 

Christy mentioned that it is a great time of year to get some perennials established for you to enjoy next spring and summer and for years to come. WHAT?! How can it be planting time again? Totally worth it. 

Good news - the farmstand is loaded up with perennials for you to pick up and plant this weekend! And the ground will be nice and wet and ready dig into. ;) 

Perennials at White Barn Farm: 
6-inch pot perennials - $10
Echinops (aka Globe Thistle)
Eupatorium - Joe Pye Weed
Helianthus Maximiliani - Maximilian's Sunflower
Culinary and/or Ornamental Sages - Purple Garden Sage, Berrgarten, Tri-Color
Larger pot perennials - $12
4-inch pot perennials - $4.50
Freshen up your garden and landscaping now for next year! 
Events at White Barn Farm
Also to note this week...we've got two events coming up this month on the farm.  

September 14th (5:30-6:30) Just a few more spots available. Grab some friends and join us for Wine and Design! We'll provide the flowers, you bring the wine. Attend this flower arranging workshop and evening out with Laurene Hulbig (our flower designer extraordinaire) at the farm. Enjoy a glass of BYO wine, take a walk  around the farm's flower fields and then Laurene will lead a design workshop while you create your own bouquet to take home. Sign up for the evening here or at the farmstand. 

Tickets are $30 per person. You can bring money or a check to the farmstand or mail it to the farm at: 

P.O. Box 207 Wrentham, MA 02093

September 24th (3-7 p.m.) - With great pleasure we present THE HARVEST MOONSHINE! Join us for an extraordinary concert and community experience featuring Billy Wylder,Danielle Miraglia and more! The festivity will include great live sets, community art making, drum circle, local food, farm tours, pumpkin picking, and a bountiful harvest farm stand! Instruments, friends, & lovers all welcome :)

All proceeds will benefit White Barn Farm. Your attendance supports the sustainability of the organic family run farm and protects the land and community food source. Advance tickets only $15, children 12 and under free: http://harvestmoonshine2017.bpt.me/ 

Make sure to stop by the farmstand or the Medfield Farmers' Market (Thursday 2-6:30) this week and enjoy everything that this summer still has to offer!  10-6 T-F and 10-2 S and Su!