- Sugar snap peas
- Swiss Chard
- Fava Beans
The zucchini surprised me this week. I’ve been so busy, I forgot to look at my zucchini. And I kick myself because close observation is the key to good farming. With 40+ crops, this is a challenge. Different vegetables have different needs and timing is everything. Regular field walks are part of the weekly routine, but some things still manage to sneak up on me. Just because something happened some such way last year, doesn’t mean that this year will be the same. This is what makes farming so fun and challenging!
Full shares got fava beans this week. They are a large, delicious, nutty bean packed with nutrition. How to prepare. Try this fava bean dip. The black spots on the pods are harmless and start to develop when the plant is under stress which could be due to this drought we’re in. Hmmm… Full shares also got red currants. Full of antioxidants, they are sour and benefit from some sugar. Try with ice cream, or yogurt. Mix in with a salad dressing or add to muffins. Sorrel is a lemony addition to salads or can be cooked: Cream of Sorrel Soup. The rainbow swiss chard can be added to salad, or cooked down like beet greens and used as a bed for your morning eggs. (Swiss chard is the colorful one, sorrel is the green one.) Lightly fry up this early zucchini in a little butter and salt or throw on the grill and please savor the last of this year’s sugar snap peas. We’ll have to wait til next year for that sweet, crunchy treat.
So the weather is hot, hot, hot and dry, dry, dry. This was definitely the year to put in drip irrigation. I never imagined I would be using it as much as I am, but it just doesn’t compare to a nice, good rain. Rain also doesn’t cost me money in fuel. Hope for rain, everyone! And hey, guess what! There are green tomatoes hanging on the tomato plants! 🙂