Just as Wednesdays are the ‘hump day’ of the week, I feel like we’re at the ‘hump’ of summer. We’re finished with school things & our gardens are in good shape. As we step into the last week of July, It’s time to dust off your canning jars & start preserving our areas bounty for fall & winter. Our area gives us many options for fruit and as they say, the pickin’ is easy. Last week, blueberries…this week, peaches. I highly recommend the book “food in Jars preserving in small batches year-round” by Marisa McClellan for those of you new to canning and don’t want 50 jars of the same thing. Our farm green beans made some pretty tasty dilly beans & I’m really looking forward to making the spicy tomato chutney when the plum tomatoes are ready. You can’t imagine how delicious this is on a grilled cheese sandwich!
If you’re interested in learning how to preserve/can some of our bounty, or would just like to do it with a group, shout out. We’ve done this in the past and it was a lot of fun. There would be a fee to cover the cost of jars & ingredients but you’ll leave with a finished product, recipe & confidence to go forth & preserve.
Here’s what Glenn has for you this week…
Lettuce, chard, kale, turnips, greens mix, scallions, garlic, cucumbers, summer squash, zucchini and (drum roll please)…potatoes. How’s that? In Pick-Your-Own, we have more beans, green, purple, & yellow.
Seriously, get out there and pick them! They freeze beautifully. The herbs are just waiting for your scissors, too. There’s nothing better than corn on the cob slathered with an herb butter. You’ll be famous. The flowers are coming along nicely, though I’d like to leave the sunflowers along the road uncut. It gives us curb appeal & there’s plenty more for you in the field. Help yourself to the rest of the flowers and as always, deadheading is appreciated. (Deadheading is snipping the flowers that have gone by right off the stem. This allows the plant to put its energy into making more flowers, though if you’re really into Jerry Garcia, deadheading could have an entirely different meaning.)
Glenn has updated the “to do” board in the shed. If you have an hour or two to help out, there’s weeding to do in the artichokes, lettuce, scallions & bok choy beds. Check the board for location & follow the signs.