Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Danger Zone: an update

After our time away in Florida for a week, we were welcomed home by tons of vegetables waiting for us at the farm. Shown above are cucumbers, green beans, and collard greens.

It rained a good bit while we were gone, and so the cucumbers in particular had time to thrive. They were huge! We made pickles (I hope these are good, because I love snacking on dill pickles), cucumber mint sorbet (very weird...very, very weird), and tzatziki dip (NOTE: dice the cucumbers - do not food process them, or your dip will be very runny and require much more yogurt than otherwise necessary).

The green beans were by far the best fresh green beans I have ever had. We ate some of them sauteed with a little salt and pepper, and then took some to my parents' house to share with them.

I have discovered during this gardening process that I really like collard greens. Last night David put some in an omelet with bacon and swiss cheese and it tasted amazing.

Next up are cantaloupes, which are getting pretty big! We have 9-10 growing at the moment. But despite our successes, there have been some disappointments in recent days. When we got back from a long weekend in Butler/Pittsburgh, we discovered that most of our cucumber plants had dried out (or were on their way to drying out). Though it had rained over the weekend, it was not enough water for them to survive. Also, our pea plants suffered a cruel destruction by the hands of birds/animals. This was probably our biggest letdown to date because we only got one pea before the animals took them all (and it was a very good pea)! There are so many things we will have to do differently next year, and one of them will need to be keeping our yummy peas away from farm critters.

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