I did actually get a bit of a breather this past weekend at a farmer happy hour/karaoke night. A bunch of farmers in the central/south central Jersey area got together to blow off some steam and sip a brew or two. It was a great to see some friendly faces and to hear from some more seasoned farmers that this is the time of year that can make a person crazy. Everything is happening at once: seeding, planting, caring for and maintaining what you have, harvesting, going to market, and all the while trying to retain some semblance of humanity. I don't know if I am doing it, I am trying though. At least I can't tell what is going on.
A miracle happened today. All that needed to get harvested did and then I PLANTED!!! Those beets were dying to get in the ground. And the cabbage and kale definitely thanked me. This could not have been done without the help from a new weekly helper: Julia! She is a great worker, has lots of interesting thoughts to share, and keeps my spirits high.We all thank you, Julia, for getting us one step closer to fall food.
In the meantime, I am keeping up the bustle. Things seem steady. Losing some of those early summer crops and just waiting for the melon be ready. It is almost there. I have to admit, one was ready, and I ate it, along with another new weekly farm volunteer, Justine. We thought it was delicious, as did Exie, who chased down our discarded rinds. I swear more are coming. So many that I can't eat them all alone, they will get to you, I promise.
Of course still waiting for the tortured eggplant to decided to stop punishing me for its neglect. Patience. While we wait, the tomatoes are now in full effect, the peppers are picking up speed, and I remembered my favorite thing to eat. Potatoes with garlic, onions, and the closest available herb at time of cooking. Saute the onions, garlic, herb in butter or oil with salt and pepper. Slice potatoes and add to pan. Flip a bit then add water. Cook it off and add more until the potatoes are ready to go. That is my favorite. I would happily eat that all day. Wilt greens in, add something crunchy, or some cheese? You can, but plain is delightful. 'Nough said.
Here is the food you can look forward to this week at market:
Beets- this may be the last week for a few weeks. They were one of the plantings that is just getting settled into the ground.
Cucumbers- These guys are thinking about quiting on us... Maybe the last week so get your fix.
Fennel- last week for fennel until the fall.
Flowers (sunflowers too!)
Parsley sage Oregano chives Thyme
Peppers-hot! Still edging towards colorful. but spicy all the same.
Potatos- Oh those tasty fingerlings! Still rocking my world!
Tomatoes: Cherry, salad, and slicers. Heirlooms coming in and looking (and tasting!) delcious.
Scallions- In limited supply. Last week for these until the fall round comes in.
And new this week!!!!
Nothing new this week :(
Alright, Helen out...Good night folks!