Photos: A Cartoonish Mushroom and Pre-Roasted Tomatoes   5 comments

A new essay should be up within the next day or two. In the meantime, here are a couple colorful photos from the farm.

A few days ago, I noticed this cartoonish but beautiful mushroom growing halfway down the driveway. My mushroom identification skills are more or less nonexistent (and need to become existent in the near future) so I have no idea what kind it is. I'm going to go ahead and assume it's non-edible and extremely poisonous, just based on appearances. If I'm wrong, I'd rather it stay anyway as a lovely element of the land rather than a meal.


We cleared the tomato plants of their green tomatoes a few weeks back in anticipation of the winter weather. They're now inside and as they ripen up, we've been chopping them, drizzling them with olive oil, sprinkling on some herbs and then roasting them to then be frozen and available throughout the next year for a variety of culinary uses.



Posted December 9, 2011 by Joel Caris in Farm Life, Photos

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5 responses to “Photos: A Cartoonish Mushroom and Pre-Roasted Tomatoes

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  1. You still have fresh garden tomatoes? Jealous! The CSA I was involved in handed over their last tomatoes at the beginning of October… Ah, the joys of the short growing season in ME. 🙂

    • Yes! Not off-the-vine fresh, but still. They’re pretty awesome roasted, and go great on a grilled cheese sandwich. We were still harvesting ripe ones in early November here (in a hoop house) as we hadn’t had a major frost yet. As it turns out, the red zebras (which are awesome–just like green zebras, except with red where green zebras turn yellowish when they ripen) did fantastically for us late into the fall. They were pumping right along while other varieties were tapering off. I think Ginger will definitely make those one of her staple tomatoes for future growing seasons.

      • Greenhouses are genius. My CSA made me giddy with its early in the season variety of veggies, gleaned from the greenhouses. I was a little bummed that they didn’t follow through on the other end of the season – but if I had been sticking around this area there was a winter CSA that I could have joined, so I’ll stop complaining!

  2. Yeah you better believe that mushroom is poisonous! It’s the Fly Agaric Mushroom, or Amanita muscaria. It has hallucinogenic properties, so watch out!

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