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West India Burr Gherkins (Maxixe)

West India Burr Gherkins (Maxixe)

So you got these in your share tonight and you are thinking what do I do with them? They are a cucumber so you can eat them raw. They are prickly so that might not be the best idea unless you peel them. And how do you say Maxixe anyway (Mashishi)

Here are a couple of resources to help you decided what to do with them. They can be eaten raw, pickled or cooked like zucchini. Evidently they are used in Brazilian cuisine and some of these links will give you some recipes. or check this one out

Why do we grow them. Chad’s mother’s father grew them and made dill pickles with them As kids we would go to the basement of the old family house (a truly unfinshed hole in the ground and root cellar, really scary) and get jars of porcupine pickles. As we started doing our CSA Chad wanted to find those cucumbers and make his own porcupine pickles. That is what we usually do with them. We thought we would try to find you some other recipes though.

Porcupine Pickles that Chad makes

Let us know what you think.

July Update

The garden is doing well. It is slower than last year but we harvested the first few tomatoes over the weekend and the share this week including cucumbers and summer squash.

On the 5th of July we had an infestation of Japanese Beetles. We found them on our hazelnut trees, apple trees and everything around those trees. We put up some traps and caught over a gallon of them over night. Also spayed with BT but not BTg so who knows if it will work. Dusted effected areas with diatomaceous earth. Hopefully something will work or we could lose the trees and the squash and basil planted around them.

We have also added several recipes to our recipe page. We will keep doing this all summer long and into the winter so you can figure out how we use the food we produce.

Spring Foods and Garden Pics

The first strawberries of the year. Kathy got to eat the ripe one. We planted about 80 more this year. The goose berries are set on and so are the choke cherries. We have been eating mushrooms from the Winecap bed. We have had several salads and will have lettuce and radishes for the first CSA pickup on June 7th.

Just Had to Share

May 20, 2021

Kathy took this tonight as a storm blew through. Just thought I should share here. You can check out the GI Acres weather at:

Past Frost Free, But Not Without Some Losses

May 17 was the official frost free date for our area. We are past it. On May 8 we planted our first Tomatoes (30) and on May 10 we lost more than 1/2 of them. There is a reason to wait. We aren’t expecting any more frost until at least September. If you want to know what the weather is like here at GI Acres you can check out our personal weather station (PWS) on at station KNEGRAND69 named GI Acres. If you check out the low for Monday May 10 you will see it got down to 31.7F. Just a little too cold for tender tomato plants.

We have also been working in the main garden planting since then. You can follow along and see where things are planted at That is the plan for the main garden. (Cabbages, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Sweet Peppers, Hot Peppers, Okra, Eggplant, Radishes, Turnips, Peas, Kohlrabi, and lettuce that came back from last year). We have some sweet potatoes in because we were able to buy slips from Barb’s Greenhouse. The main garden will also have a Three-Sisters garden plot with dry edible beans, squash and corn. We also extended the strawberry beds and planted a bunch more strawberries. We planted tomatoes to the south of the orchard. I will be mapping and recording the orchard and tomatoes soon. Potatoes and onions are planted in the back garden The other new thing that we will have this year and hopefully for a long time is sunchokes or Jerusalem artichokes. They are a perennial sunflower with an edible tuber (choke) that can be harvested. It is supposedly a low carb potato substitute.

The mushroom bed is starting to produce. We have has several meals of winecaps. Hopefully it will still be producing at the beginning of June when we start in with shares. Ash from Nebraska Mushroom brought us more spawn and we need to get more wood chips from O’Neill Wood Resources.

Winecap Mushrooms

We expect to plant more this weekend and will keep you all informed.

About GI Acres CSA

GI Acres is located on the western edge of Grand Island, Nebraska. The garden takes up about half of an acre. We also have chickens, rabbits and bees

Our farm is not USDA Certified Organic and we do not anticipate applying for such status. We strive to produce healthy vegetables using natural methods of fertilizing, building soil, and controlling pests such as insects and weeds. Those healthy vegetables will begin in mid to late May with herbs, asparagus, rhubarb and strawberries. During the season you can expect a variety of greens, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, squash, corn and potatoes along with tips about how to cook and preserve your weekly share. The season will conclude in late September or early October. We aim for a 20-week season.

We did not grow up on farms but we did grow up in families with large gardens, eating a variety of fresh produce and canning/freezing the excess. We have maintained the tradition of growing and preserving food for our family for the past 20+ years. GI Acres is our attempt to share that passion for good food with our community.