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Fall Veggies and Pansies In!

Fall Veggies 
Extending your gardening season to enjoy fresh vegetables into fall and winter. Here's how to enjoy these late-season treats by planting some fall garden vegetables in the garden now and check out the Wine Pairings Below. All of the fall garden vegetables below are suitable to plant in the fall . Some, such as beets and carrots, might need to be harvested when very small (but still tasty).

** All of these are in stores now **
Arugula, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Collards, Kale, Lettuce, Spinach
Swiss Chard.  
Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts have been popular  the last few years. Their small shape and mild cabbage flavor have made them a hit. The compact size means they roast beautifully, with crispy charred edges. A great way  to cook Brussels sprouts is to  blitz them in the oven ,   But try them  Thai-style , or hashed into a  salad with brown butter dressing . Try this  Balsamic Vinegar Recipe  and you can substitute the Balsamic with different Thai dressing!

Wine Pairing goes well with a nice Gruner Veltliner or a Dry-ish Riesling for the Balsamic or thai style. For plain garlic try a nice Chardonnay from Macon Fuissé or Macon Villages 
Cauliflower is at its best and freshest in the fall, since cauliflower doesn't really produce heads in hot weather, it is frost tolerant and loves to grow in the colder tempatures! Like all these other vegetables, it's wonderful roasted, but try this incredible Cauliflower Mash Recipe. This is one of my favorite ways to eat Cauliflower! Its awesome with a Broiled Crab Cake or Smoked Salmon Dish!

Wine Pairing goes nice with a lightly oaked Chardonnay like Chablis, Chenin blanc

Yes,  kale has gotten so popular lately. But it doesn't change the fact that it's still a fall staple, and it's at its best this time of year. After the first frost or even snow kale gets so mild and sweet - it's the perfect time to put it in slaws and salads! Here is some Awesome Kale recipe Ideas including Baked Kale Chips, Yum!

Wine Pairing goes nice with a off dry reisling or try a light-bodied, higher-acid, not-too-tannic red, like Beaujolais

We still have lots of big 8 " Herbs! 
And check out the wine pairings if you missed last week.


 Another vary aromatic herb, Sage is an herb that has a sweet, yet savory flavor. It of course is well known for Thanksgiving stuffing recipes, but here is some other great Sage Recipes

Wine Pairing goes well with  Viognier or Riesling. Reds try Merlot or Pinot Noir !



 One of my favorite aromatic herbs, Fresh or dried, thyme leaves and flowers lend a sprightly essence to flavoring casseroles, soups, stews, and sautéed vegetables. Chopped fresh or dried and combined with parsley and bay leaves, thyme is included in the French combination of herbs called bouquet garni, used to season stock, stews, and soups. Eggs, meats, fish, and bean dishes are all enhanced with a sprinkling of thyme.

Wine Pairing goes well with a nice Pinot Noir or Zweigelt!



Mint has one of the most aromatic and highest  antioxidant  capacities of any food. Learning how to use fresh herbs and spices such as mint to add flavor when cooking can also help to cut down on sodium intake. Some Health benefits of mint include improved digestionweight loss, relief from nausea, depression, fatigue, and headache. It is also used in the treatment of asthma, memory loss, and skin care problems. 

Wine Pairing goes well with a nice Merlot, Syrah or Pinotage!

or use in a Refreshing Mojito Cocktail


 With it's aromatic and distinctive herb of sweet, resinous flavor, it is a great herb to cook with. Use with fish, pork, lamb, poultry and game. Also great on Rosemary Baked Potato Wedges

Wine Pairing goes well with a nice Syrah or Zinfandel!



Basil, also known as Saint Joseph's Wort, is an herb belonging to the mint family. It is used as in cooking and may has many health benefits. Also is great in nice fresh BurrataBurrata Recipe (easy to make)  

Wine Pairing goes well with a nice Riesling or Pinot Gris

Don't forget to use Bumper Crop and Plant Tone for planting all your new fall plants!

Bumper Crop

 Bumper Crop Organic Soil Amendment is a soil building blend of manure and high organic nutrient content of shellfish compost, dark, rich earthworm castings (adds minerals and biology), kelp, peat, aged bark, and lobster - inoculated with endo and ecto michorrizal fungi to improve root function. The lobster body provides a lot of Nitrogen, and the shells breakdown to release a lot of Calcium, the #1 ingredients that plants need. Bumper Crop Organic Soil Amendment is an all-purpose, pre-fertilized planting and garden soil amendment. This product excels as a nutrient rich top dressing and mulch. OMRI Listed.


Plant Tone
For bigger growth and blooms on all flowers, trees, and shrubs, we recommend using  Espoma Plant-tone.
At the time of planting, we also recommend mixing 1/4  Bumper Crop to 3/4 of your existing soil, plus 1 cup of Espoma Bio-tone. Bumper Crop greatly improves the quality of your soil while Bio-tone helps your plants grow larger root systems, reduce transplant loss, and promote bigger blooms.


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