July 26 Week Seven

zinnia flower in the tomatoes

  • Yellow squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Microgreens
  • Kohlrabi
  • Zucchini
  • Button squash

The garden is an unpredictable phenomenon. Yes, seed packets are printed with maturity dates and ideal germination temperatures, bugs have life cycles, weather is forecasted fairly accurately and day lengths are true, but combine all the known facts about growing vegetables with the forecasted information and you’ve got a small chaos. It’s really amazing to me that anything grows at all. It all starts out as just one tiny little seed. Growing something from that tiny speck of a thing is a miracle that continues to amaze me everyday. That picture is of a volunteer pink zinnia growing in the tomatoes. It just popped up all on its own. I grew zinnias in that location last year. I’ve seen corn, dill, tomato, potato, tomatillo and sunflower volunteers, but never a zinnia volunteer. It put a smile on my face.

Your vegetables this week were just a small handful of seeds in the spring. Now they’ve turned into something that can fill your fridge, your plate, your belly. Make some zucchini/yellow squash pancakes this week. Maybe add potatoes. Mix the microgreens in salads, put on a sandwich or use as a fancy garnish. I read somewhere that some people call microgreens “vegetable confetti.” 🙂 Kohlrabi is great raw or cooked. Eaten raw, just peel and dip like chips or shred into a salad. The sweet corn is from my neighbor Lindsey Klug who sells veggies at her roadside stand on Freistadt Road just east of Farmdale Road. Sweet corn and summer is like forth of July and fireworks. You can’t have one without the other.
Revel in another week’s harvest from Crooked Carrot Farm! Don’t be shy about sharing your own recipes, too.
July 26 Week Seven

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