Slow Food Santa Fe Beer Tour & Tastings

Our friends over at Slow Food Santa Fe have their first event which looks fabulous and we want to share it with our viewers. It will be a Tour and Tastings at Tumbleroots’ Taproom and Production Facility. To find out more about this event and sign up go to: Slow Food Santa Fe Tumbleroot Tour

 

WELCOME TO 2020!

This year we will have 13 different classes/events and are currently busy working on scheduling all of them. We will have a mix of gardening, preservation, cheesemaking, fermentation, and food classes this year. The class schedule should be out end of February and events start in March! Stay tuned!

Since we don’t do mass anouncements, the best way to be notified when anything new happens here at Home Grown New Mexico, is to sign up on the left side of this website on ‘FOLLOW BLOG VIA EMAIL’. You will be notified anytime there is a new post and info.

 

Graze Days in the Railyard Park

Hey everybody-Goats and sheep will be grazing in the Railyard Park on Oct 28 through Oct 30 from 11-4 pm each day! The project aims to restore the health of the soil and the Blue Grama grasses on the corner of Cerrillos Rd and Guadalupe. Come out and bring yourself, friend or child and take pics of them cleaning up the area. Should be fun!

For more information, go to the Railyard Park Conservancy

Winter is coming! 24°F tomorrow nite!

As they kept saying in Game of Thrones, “Winter is coming” and it is coming here tomorrow night. Low temperatures tomorrow (Wednesday) will be 24°F and Thursday night will be 27°F. Harvesting everything you can before the cold hits. Afterwards is too late.

Most of our gardens are done but here are some crops that may still need harvesting. Pick  winter squash now and put it in the house. While winter squash likes it cold, it does not like the temperatures below freezing and can be ruined if they freeze–they should last months in the house.

Pick any green tomatoes of decent size and put them 2 layers deep in paper bags. The bags will keep the tomatoes in the dark. Then put a slice of apple in the bag (it releases ethylene gas, a natural ripening agent) and close up the bag to speed up the ripening process. Check the bag several times a week and you can move them to your kitchen table once they turn color. They are never quite as good as sun-ripened tomatoes but still 200% better than store bought and you may have home grown tomatoes into November.

Harvest all other warm season crops like beans, peppers, eggplants, corn, cucumbers, summer squash and melons-if they are not already picked.

Harvest onions if you still have any.

Cool season crops like broccoli, kale, cabbage, arugula and other leafy greens may survive but will need winter weight row cover over them to protect them from the below freezing nights. Take off in the day and recover at night when freezing. You can get row cover (winter weight) at some of the local nurseries. Just call around.

Beets and carrots should be ok but should be harvested before the ground freezes rock hard in December.

If you have lettuce, I would pick it as it will freeze. You may be able to save it with row cover over it, but it is chancy.

Herbs can be cut and dried in your house.

Of course if you have a cold frame, your season could still be extended if you cover the plants inside with row cover.

So pick everything you can today and tomorrow and don’t forget to disconnect your drip systems so they don’t freeze either. Get busy!

Correction! Jam class NOT this Sunday!

I apologize for my confusion on the previous post on the jam class.

It is NOT this Sunday.

It is Sunday Sept 22. All other info is correct!

Jamming Jellies Class -Sunday-Sept 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE:
THE LOCATION FOR THIS CLASS HAS CHANGED.
THE NEW LOCATION IS:
130 SIRINGO RD. (East of St.  Francis)

With all the fruit harvests this year, you might be a wee bit overwhelmed! Come learn how to preserve these foods and make jams and jellies. Interested? Read on!

Sunday, Sept 22nd
12 noon to 2 pm

Jammin Jellies
What happens when we have a bountiful fruit year or when a friend stops by with a few pounds of fruit? If you’re not into crushing grapes with your feet-make jams and jellies! Even if you’re diabetic, you can preserve your own tasty, healthy treats.

Jam, jelly, butter, marmalade, preserve, or conserve–what are they? Is pectin always necessary, and what kind should you use? What sweeteners work? Is it OK to seal jars with wax like Grandma did? This workshop explores these questions and more!

Most of us don’t have root cellars today, but we have modern equipment and ingredients that extend shelf life and make exciting new recipes possible that Mom & Grandma only dreamed of. Tired of that boring grape and strawberry jam the supermarket sells? Attend this workshop and discover a whole new world of tasty fruit spreads!

Instructor: Teri Buhl
Location: 130 Siringo Road (just east of St Francis) • Santa Fe
Fee: $5 for members/$10 for non-member

Please sign up through Eventbrite below:

Eventbrite - Jam On!

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GNOCCHI CLASS CANCELLED

We are sorry but due to lack of interest, tomorrow’s Gnocchi class is cancelled.