It's been a busy week for the Garten of Rathgebers'. In addition to covering my delivery duties whilst I was on vacation and selling at the market, Dustin also planted some winter crops, battled the dry air, and harvested 100+ pounds of ground cherries for ::fingers crossed:: use in an Upland Sour Beer. which is a sweet little collab that we've seen come from the CSA partnership that we have with our favorite local brewery.
Would you like to see what 100 pounds of ground cherries looks like? So glad you asked...
So in the beginning, this special beer will begin when the trifecta of a water, malt, and aged hops combo love each other very much and will decide to partake in a little vaycay inside the large French Oak Foudres (pronouced 'food-ers') where it will ferment in the unique micro-culture of yeast contained within the pores of said vessels. After primary fermentation is complete, the beer is racked into Oak Barrels or large fruiting tanks for a conditioning fermentation stage on the aforementioned ground cherries. These ground cherries will give the beer the distinct flavor of the fruit until the time in which the sour beer is blended, bottled, and released.
This is all to say, that we're really excited to see the relatively unknown gems of the Rathgebers' Harvest to give life to a unique and locally loved product. If and when it is released at ze Upland, y'all will be the first to know. So stay tuned...
What is in the CSA Share this week:
- Red Potatoes
- Cherry Tomatoes
What am I making this week:
- Honeynut Squash Galette
- Watermelon Shrub which I will serve with vodka (and a mocktail version of) at the CSA Member Potluck this Saturday!!!
- Bacon Melon Skewers
- Kale Chips