It’s been out of the fry pan into the fire this past week. The days have been so hot that Barb and I have found it callenging working in the garden in the afternoons. With both of us now in our 70’s we just can’t take the heat like we used to. That being said, the summer squash and peppers are loving it and really starting to grow. I was really worried there for awhile, as they just were just sitting there. This time last year we were almost ready to harvest the first of the zucchini….not so this year. With the cool nights of the past few weeks, they just were not liking it! Everything is looking pretty good out there right now. The flea beetles, which were quite bothersome in the early spring last year, are just now starting to show their nasty faces. It’s a good thing that this is the final harvest for the braising greens, as the beetles love those crops!
This week will provide you with the last of the spring peas, beautiful heads of cauliflower, broccoli florets, radishes, swiss chard, a colorful mix of heirloom beets with their tops, baby carrots and, of course some herbs. I am really pleased with the cauliflower. In past years I have found it difficult to grow them perfectly…similar to the broccoli. But this year I think I was blessed. They look spectacular.
Be sure and top your carrots before storing them. We leave the tops on because it is a great way to bundle and present them. You can either put them in a zip lock bag, or store them in water for crisp snacking.
The beet tops are considered a green. They can be braised, steamed, added to stir frys and Thai curries, or roasted with other veggies in a 450 degree oven. The beets can be steamed, boiled, pickled and I even like them grated raw into a green salad. If they are boiled or steamed, the skins slip right off. Otherwise you may want to peel them. I actually like the peels….just like carrots, as long as you scrub them good.
I am excited to announce that I will have organic, free range eggs available here every week for you to pick up. My friend Marlene Wilkin lives just down the road on Independent Lane. She grows heritage birds and her eggs are wonderful. I thought it would be a great way to introduce you to another local producer and give you the opportunity to cross one more thing off of your grocery list. The eggs will sell for $3 a dozen.
Don’t forget to bring your bags or boxes!
See you on Thursday…4-6 P