Plant Something – Another round of turnips… to make up for the lost crop (see below).
Harvest Something – Our first few (eight total) cherry tomatoes this week! Hooray! And cucumbers for making pickles! Yum!
Preserve Something – Rick sliced and froze 24 pounds of yellow squash this week. I also made a jar of jam and a jar of pickled veggies!
Waste Not – Unfortunately, we had a big FAIL in this category this week. The turnips matured during my early postpartum weeks with Emmett, and neither Rick or I found the time to get out there and harvest them. Rick picked them all this weekend, and they are all pretty bitter and some are quite woody. Such a loss too, since the ones we did harvest earlier were so sweet and good.
Preparation and Storage - We put up 13 jars of pickles… I can’t wait until mid-September when we can open a jar to see how they turned out!
Build Community Food Systems – I was able to take that pickle/jams class, and I’m happy to say our jam was delish! I learned a lot, and just in time since our cukes are coming on strong! We also shared some veggies when we were invited to dinner. Our host made a chef’s salad, and we brought red onion, fennel and a couple of cucumbers to share.
Eat the Food – um… my post is late, so the recipe will have to be an IOU this week. But we have been enjoying all the farm veggies, and our own zucchini and cucumbers!