It must be July because we are busy busy busy busy! Harvesting, planting, seeding, and maintaining- a lot like juggling, I must say. And sometimes I do it better than others. This week, after running through the two page wish-to-do-list together, Doug, Peter, and I laughed. “oooohhhh, that’s all we have to do…”
And all in the HOT HEAT! Every breeze is a gift when it is muggy and in the nineties and Wednesday is no exception, with heat index values up to One-Hundred! But despite the heat, we will be out there, and so will the plants, all of us drooping a little bit, I expect. That is part of farming. Even while every weather variable affects the outcomes of the season and defines the day, a lot of times, stuff just has to get done, no matter what it’s like out there. That can mean pouring rain, hot hot heat, super cold, and on occasion, snow! I would take a little, personally localized snow-storm to follow me around tomorrow if that was an option.
But we are all still sparkling at the farm, even if a little withered. Everything is looking beautiful. The flowers are coming in, and are bright and lovely. Look at these beautiful California Poppies! A native to the lower 48 states, they can certainly brighten your day!
And the crops are doing well. Particularly the CUCUMBERS! Sooooooo many cucumbers, you have to see it to believe it. And you will, when you visit us at market! And we have some great ideas for things to do with them.
The Classic Cuke-salad: Sliced with salt, vinegar, and oil in your favorite bowl
Tzatziki: A flavorful cucumber yogurt sauce that you can make if you can dice and mince
Refrigerator pickles for now and Pickle Pickles for keepsies! Lots of good recipes on the internet and not as complicated as you might think.
Gazpacho: a succulent cold cucumber soup. As easy to make as it is to eat.
Cream cheese and Cucumber sandwich: Always makes a hot day cooler.
Annnnd my current favorite...
Cucumber Water: Slice but don’t peel, and plop into your ice water. Very refreshing and very good for you! And if you like, add a bunch of basil to it by just crushing the leaves and soaking in the pitcher. I just recently made some Basil-green tea using this method and it was phenomenal!
What is your favorite thing to do with a cucumber? Tell us at market and we will spread the word!
Peter is visiting old friends this weekend, so won’t be at markets. That being so, this week expect to see Doug in Somerville, Jim, Justine and Bob in Metuchen, and Me in Chatham! Everyone have a wonderful fourth of July weekend! Eat a lot of fresh, delicious food! Looking forward to hearing from all of you!
The Whistling Wolf Farm Team: Helen, Peter, Doug, Laser, and Exie