Fun beets

A customer walked into the market today and asked if I had anything that was ‘fun’. My mind went to the antique puzzles in the corner or maybe some art supplies hidden in the bathroom. That question had not come up before so I asked him what he meant. He was thinking of beets! Well then, from now on, when seeing a beet, I will think of the day when I sold 20# of beets to a man as a gift to his wife…..fortunately, she knew about the fun and had asked him to buy some – haha! He will be coming back for more.

Farmer Steve just informed me that we have a 400′ bed of MORE FUN and they are ready for harvest! YOIKES!

The garlic harvest came off well and all the little darlings are hanging up drying their heads in the breeze. Our soil was like cement…..Steve dug them all out with a fork before the rains came. It is the best garlic harvest we have had, I think we have learned a few things since we started this adventure. We will continue with the composting in hopes of the day that we can pull them out of the soil like we do beets. Though I think some of it has to do with the shape of the vegetable – a beet is right on the soil surface with the larger end upper most whereas garlic is quite the opposite, in labor….I’d choose the first option and have more ‘fun’.

There’s a bunch to fit in the farm share boxes this week: broccoli, green onions, cucumbers, cabbage, tomatoes large & small, kohlrabi, fresh garlic, herbs (sage or basil or cilantro), summer squash, and Swiss chard or kale for the regular shares.

 

It’s the berries….once again

I spend about 5 hours a day picking, heading & tailing, munching and processing berries. Gooseberries, Saskatoons, red – white and blue currants (patriotic smiles after a munch or two!) and raspberries are in high season. Aronia and nannyberries are later and the sea berries must have to get older. Sour cherries are frozen as are the haskaps.

I know, I know – we are crazy…. Did you know that all these berries are just about native to these parts, are tops in nutrients – phytochemicals and antioxidants, and grow on their own without any chemical sprays (organic or the other sort) such as many of the commonly eaten fruits require?

This week begins the summer CSA farm share season through September. That seems like a long way off and mountains of fruits and veggies to work through. We think we are ready – are you?

Farm shares will get several kohlrabi, a beUtiful head of broccoli, green onions, Hakurei turnips, cucumbers, kale, herbs, raspberries and tomatoes for the regular share members. Now that is saying something to commemorate July 5 – Steve’s birthday!

Lemon basil lemonade

The lemon basil plot is getting a haircut today along with several other herbs. Lemon basil and mint lemonade will be on hand for thirsty folks who stop by the market today. It adds a bonus to any recipe that calls for lemons.

Scarborough Bread is to on the docket as soon as I leave this post. No need to sing the song, but if you know it, let’s try a duet – haha!

Farm shares will be choosing their last salad mix and then: garlic scapes, green onions, Hakurei turnips, kohlrabi, Pac choi, herbs and cucumbers! Raspberries are available as well as white and red currants, all having been picked by our sous farmers: Carlos and Esther.

Scapes

Now’s the time to dream of garlic…garlic scapes come once a year to enjoy. These are the flower stalks of the garlic plant; it’s a twofer deal – both stalk and later the bulb! It is broken off of the garlic plant so more energy goes into making the bulb, and of course, it is delicious to eat! The whole scape is edible but I usually cut off the flower since it has a different mouth feel.

I have seen folks munch on scapes as they would a carrot – not my choice for a snack, but that is one option. Pesto, pickled, chopped fresh for a salad, stir fried, grilled whole with olive oil or curled nicely on a pizza are other good eats. I am making pesto, pickles and focaccia bread with swirling scapes today.

Robins have been (e)scaping the nets I have over the Saskatoon berry bushes – grrrr. There may be a bowlful left for me. Sour cherries are also disappearing fast by the same method!

Fortunately, not all living things are after the same fruit or vegetable! The human sort have to be convinced to eat such things – haha

This week’s good eats: salad mix, Minuet cabbage, beets, garlic scapes, green onions, radishes or turnips, kohlrabi, herbs, kale and red head lettuce.

 

Peas and joy at the table

Family and friends, five of them, have added to the usual twosome around our table. They have agreed to make the meals, wash dishes, sweep and dust the whole house, weed the flower gardens and harvest the produce. Whooeee!

We’ve been harvesting peas – long beds of them, both edible pod (snap peas) and shelling peas. Green pearls of sweetness, a tedious job to harvest. Last year the crop failed, this year it was looking terrific and then the high winds blew the plants over.

Edible pod peas do not freeze well, at least I can’t do it right. Peas time is always worth treasuring and not saving for later.

Farm shares should include: a salad mix, peas, basil (lemon or Genovese) or lemon balm, green onions or kale, Romaine head lettuce and radishes or kohlrabi or garlic scapes.