extension week 2

“Oh yeah, the other Fall” Paul muttered under his breath as he donned rain gear earlier this week. Monday dawned lovely, but by Tuesday mid morning the wind picked up and everyone was talking about the coming storm. Paul had big plans for the week, Andy is out of town and he and George were going to do some serious work on the 22 by 45 greenhouse we absolutely have to have up and running by this winter. Monday’s progress was so successful that as the wind picked up on Tuesday Paul was determined to put the plastic on to ensure a dry workspace for the rest of the week. The eternal optimist meets the annoying realist, I mutter only “ I am not totally confident”. Paul was right( we certainly would never be where we are today if he listened to boring old reality all the time!) and despite the wind the plastic went on flawlessly and we were all gleeful as the storm rolled in, high winds, hail and all, in our plastic covered safe space! The rest of the week was “the other fall” wet, cold, damp, windy, gray, you know the fall I mean. Despite the gloom, Paul absolutely had to retrieve his tractor that was stuck wheeless on our neighbor’s road. Paul had driven up there nearly 2 weeks ago to prepare some vegetable beds and on his return home the entire wheel fell off the tractor. A frustrating series of attempts to locate the needed bearings resulted in his tractor being up the road…still….when the storm came in. Alas, Tuesday night, we finally got the parts in our hands and despite the horrible conditions outside on Wednesday, they headed up the hill. I prepared a warm chicken soup to greet the hopefully successful team upon return. I waited and waited and just about the time when I was tempted to drive up the hill and check, I heard a hollering so loud, so happy, my heart jumped. The tractor was home. The plastic was on the greenhouse. The rain was pounding and frost was imminent, but boy were we happy. What a week!

Daikon Radish Salad
2 cups julienne cut daikon radish
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tbsp seasoned rice vinegar
2 tsp granulated sugar
1 tsp sweet rice wine (mirin)
OPTIONAL crushed peanuts
Place the daikon in a colander/mesh strainer over a bowl or the sink and sprinkle with salt. Mix well. Let sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze out excess water and then rinse well with cold water. Drain. In a small saucepan, combine the seasoned rice vinegar, sugar and rice wine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves (this will only take a few minutes). Transfer the daikon to an airtight container and pour the rice vinegar mixture over. Shake or stir well to combine. Chill for 20 minutes before serving.This can store for up to a few days in the fridge, if it lasts that long. If desired, serve topped with crushed peanuts.

Beijing Radish Salad these 2 recipes are very similar, but still thought it was worth putting them both on here
1 medium daikon radish
2 tablespoons rice or balsamic vinegar (or a combination)
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Wash and julienne radishes. They can be peeled or not as you like. You can use a mandoline to do the julienne-ing, or you can grate them. Mix together the rest of the ingredients and dress the radishes with the dressing.

In your basket:
swiss chard
pac choi
butternut squash
Daikon radish

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