My kitty cats have caused a fair bit of worry over the holiday season.
The beautiful young lady pictured above definitely caused the most worry. Penny is one of the most agile kitties I have, but mystery to end all mysteries made a big mess of her leg on the 26th. Penny is actually not young and her newly broken leg won't heal up as quickly as it would if she were.
She is laying pretty low now with a pin in her leg and a big bandage. It is so sad, but she still can manage a purr when petted.
The other cat related problem was caused by the young Basil Rathbone who startled Emily as she sliced into an orange. This resulted in a trip to the emergency department and 4 stitches for Emily, not Basil.
It was good to get out into the hoophouses and reflect on all this in the quiet and cold as I picked the greens that went into today's baskets.
It takes me a few days to pick the greens in this cold weather. It's cold, no longer just cool. With the definite lack of sun during the past few days, the hoophouses are cold too and my fingers freeze up pretty quickly. I come in the house, warm them up under warm water or warm them on the woodstove and out I go again.
The greens in those baskets are hard fought for.
There are only 2 weeks left in this CSA season. January 15th is the last delivery. There will still be greens and I will post information on how they will be sold.
I have also promised to have 2013 CSA info up on my website by the 15th. If you are currently in my CSA and are interested in the 2013 version, please let me know. Returning shareholders will have first dibs and I will be downsizing somewhat for next year. Stay tuned!
Baskets today contained a few different arugula varieties, a good number of different mustards, kales, choi and a bit of fresh basil.
I am slow coming in on this whole massaged kale thing.
Now I've done it though I'm wondering what took me so long. I'm also fond of massaging all the greens that you find in your basket. It's nice to mix the greens and mix the flavours.
Here's what I tried last night...
Mixed Massaged Green Salad
1 large bundle of mixed greens-kales, arugula, mustards Etc
1/4 cup good olive oil
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sea salt
raisin, apples, grated carrots to taste
Strip the greens off the stem and add olive oil and salt. Massage until tender.
mix in the rest and enjoy!
Very easy and good.