This week has really been hot! It makes the day seem so much longer, but we are managing to keep up with the harvesting. Now that the garden is larger with more CSA subscribers and wholesale accounts we have to harvest every day. If we don’t, the veggies get too big and the plants can stop producing. Even with our best efforts we miss some, especially those zucchinis, so you will find that some of the veggies in your share are not always perfect. I am sure you have heard that old saying that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, well I see perfection in every plant and the fruit that it produces. The nutritional value of your veggies has nothing to do with its appearance. I just read an article in a health magazine that stated the veggies that have been eaten on by bugs are more nutritious because the plant puts out more anti-oxidants to fight off the pests! So eat those “not so perfect” veggies!
More lettuce, spinach, radish, carrots, beets and greens were seeded this week, hoping for fall and early winter crops. I haven’t a sense of what the weather is going to do this fall, but I am hoping for a beautiful Indian Summer.
The cucumbers are going crazy and need to be preserved for the winter. I encourage you to try your hand at putting up some pickles this year. They are so easy to do and once you have tasted you own, you will never buy store bought again. I have lots of recipes for both refrigerator dills, refrigerator bread and butter pickles and canned dills. You can purchase a canners share (12-13#) for $25. You need to pre-order, but right now I have plenty. I also have dill. I saw a great idea for using those chard stems, too! Cut them in lengths to fit a canning jar and pickle them! Great on an appetizer plate and they look so pretty in the jar!
I finally have a few tomatoes for you this week. It is a little disappointing to say the least. This is the first year in forever that I have not had oodles of tomatoes. I always preserve allot of tomatoes, but I don’t know if there will be enough to do much this year.
Thank you again Lindsey for coming to help harvest beans today! An extra hand in the garden is always appreciated.
Besides the tomatoes, this weeks share will include a big head of cabbage, Swiss chard, red bunching onions, beets, green beans, cucumbers, yellow and green zucchini, patty pan squash and, of course some herbs.