Re: You sit

I like to place garden benches in amongst flowers but have never dreamed of putting one in say, the raspberry or pumpkin patch. Friends often ask if I sit there of an evening and read – I have, but only twice to meditate on life. Both benches have been curbside finds. Thoughts of peace and calm flow over me with only a nod in their direction, I don’t have to actually sit in them. ‘Tis odd.

Another thought that is more of a conumdrum for me is the need for bags in packaging and transporting produce. There was a time prior to all these plastic and paper bags; I think it was still in my lifetime, imagine! I have a REAL problem buying extra plastic bags when I know we’ve worked ourselves into thinking that they are necessary. In my youth, banana & palm leaves made excellent wrapers as did newspapers. It would be wonderful if everyone brought their own bags in order to humor me and to help out the environment in one small way. I guess we don’t want to lose customers, that isn’t the point!

Steve started our trajectory into a farm market off site! He came home content from Saturday’s presence at the farm market in the Mountain Lake park. We will try and continue having a stand there, so if you are short of produce by week’s end, stop by for a visit. We appreciate everyone’s support of local farmers!

The heat index this past week was close to being unbearable! The true worth of the produce we sell has not been set, I’m sure many of you realize that. Steve and I are the volunteer managers of this enterprise.

Looking at the harvest that is coming in each day you should have a very nice selection of cherry tomatoes and a couple of slicers. Yeah! There will be plenty of juicey, crisp cucumbers as well. Look for more new potatoes, basil, parsley, yellow beans and maybe other shades, onions, carrots and mature dill.

I’m making my first batch of dill pickles today and dreaming of creative ways to enjoy cucumbers and to share the winners with you!

New Potato and Cucumber Salad

1 lb new small potatoes, cooked & cooled                                                                              2-3 T olive oil                                                                                                                            2 T wine vinegar                                                                                                                        2 tsp dijon mustard                                                                                                                    1 tsp honey                                                                                                                                2 cups cucumbers, diced                                                                                                         2 T green onion tops, snipped                                                                                                   salt and pepper to taste

The count stands at 30!

Our big race for the summer season is….the first crunch of a cucumber and the first kiss of a tomato! We’ve had the experience and now to share the abundance with you! Keep your expectations cool while you sip mint tea since these are sweet little cherry tomatoes I’m talking about. By Wednesday for pick-up we might have 2 per half share so you don’t have to share half bites.

This coming Saturday la novia de Natán arrives! What a delight and uncertainty at the same time. As you know, I love words, but when they get twisted and knoted up in a different language I’m befuddled. French, Thai and even German from 40 years ago can appear in what was planned to be a profound thought in Spanish. Haha!

Farm work is cooly progressing forward though I have moved flowerbeds into first place on my honeydew list. A wedding is an excellent excuse to do what I love and that is to play with flowers. We could start selling hostas except that we have some very nasty weeds that trail along with the roots.

Harvest this week should include a healthy bunch of green onions, carrots and parsley. Twice as many new potatoes to eat after a quick boil. A sampling of spinach and peas where we had hoped to have tubfulls. Such goes farming. And then of course a most auspicious couple of cucumbers and maybe a duet of tomatoes to keep us in 2-beat da-dum time.

Only skin deep

Tuesday, three of us trundled off to the potato patch at high noon since that was when the medical issues of life at the hospital were sorted out. Steve tilled up 4 rows and we began sorting. We discovered a bad case of potato scab, which is when the skin of the potato looks as if it is healing from a severe case of gravel burn. It is nothing harmful but disfigures what was once beautiful. Crop history (lawn), soil moisture (wet spring-dry late summer), soil texture (gravelly) soil pH (higher than 6.5) all promote the problem. Next year we will try and purchase more resistant seed potato varieties. The worker on the potato sorting shift sang praise songs to brighten her spirit as the piles of blemished produce grew.

I discovered that the Spanish word for skin on a vegetable (cáscara) is not the same as what keeps me packaged to my skeleton (piel). And then I also get “pelo” mixed up with “piel” which means “hair” so not really sure what I was saying when trying to explain how to cook something. I knew it was headed down the wrong path when my friends started laughing!

Harvest should be similar this week with one additional new item for your boxes – beets, either cylindral or bull’s blood. I will try and have a special table set aside with additional items for sale: melons, eggplant and other items such as garlic and onions. I have not had the chance to advertise that we are now a farm market, but you can let your friends know. We have enough quantity that all the variety of produce offered for share pickup can also be purchased.