Keeping It Going

We’re in the midst of a summertime food avalanche.

We’ve had bumper crops this summer of tomatoes, eggplant, squash and zucchini.  This may be our best year ever for tomatoes, and we’re enjoying them at nearly every meal.

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A one and a half pound beauty

It wasn’t that long ago that we were swimming in kale, collards, chard, turnips, radishes, beets, broccoli, asparagus, lettuce and the like. But those cool weather crops were all done in by the summer heat. In due course, as they faded out, they were replaced by green beans, potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant, etc. And our recipes and the meals changed with the season.

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But, alas, no sweet corn for us this year. We were defeated by raccoons.

Now the green beans are gone, the zucchini is dying and the squash and cucumbers are beginning to fade. It’s transition time again.

But even as those favorites retire for the year, we welcome the arrival of other favorites, like okra and watermelons.

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I cut our first watermelon of the year today and it was amazingly delicious. The first taste of the year of a newly arrived favorite food is a special treat–a thrill even. It’s one of the joys of seasonal eating.

We’ll be awash in midsummer goodness for a while longer, but we also have to be thinking ahead.

So today I sowed broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, collards, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, radicchio, and Chinese cabbage. After all, fall will be here soon and we have to keep it going.

 

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25 comments on “Keeping It Going

  1. avwalters says:

    Damn raccoons.

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    • Bill says:

      The coons are our farm are truly amazing creatures. Evidently they are able to fly.
      They’ve taken the corn 2 out of the last 3 years. But (and I hesitate to type this) amazingly we’ve had no losses to deer this year. As annoying as it is to lose the corn, all in all we’re having a very good year with wildlife.

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      • avwalters says:

        So far, we haven’t planted anything that would attract raccoons. We have the deer and bunnies temporarily at bay, only by endless fencing and chicken wire. (Oh and by stinky stuff applied to the foliage.) Slowly but surely, we are learning.

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  2. I LOVE garden tomatoes. Heck all garden produce tastes amazing! ❤
    Diana xo

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  3. My garden is very late this year so I haven’t had a ripe tomato yet… But I tell the green ones every day that I’m waiting for them. Right now I’m overwhelmed with zucchini , green bean and cucumbers. Eating well and storing for this winter.

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    • Bill says:

      A productive garden is one of the joys of summer. Glad yours is doing well. I brought in the last of this year’s zucchini today. And our green beans have been done for a week now. But we still have plenty of tomatoes, squash, eggplant, peppers and cukes. Now we’re started to be overwhelmed with watermelon, but that’s a nice problem to have. Hoping you’re enjoying your tomatoes soon!

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  4. Phuong says:

    It’s a beautiful time of year. Lots of BLT’s have been consumed and soon zucchini baked goods will commence.

    It’s a shame about the corn but that is a gorgeous tomato and watermelon.

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    • Bill says:

      Yes, a beautiful time of year indeed. I’ve been eating multiple tomato sandwiches every day. This morning I scrambled tomato, onions and peppers in with my breakfast eggs. Tonight we had a delicious watermelon salad and Tuscan soup, made with squash, eggplant, tomatoes, garlic and shiitake mushrooms–all from the garden. So much great food! Sounds like you have zucchini bread in mind. That’s one of our favorites.

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  5. Susan says:

    I just love eating seasonally. You appreciate those flavors so much more when it isn’t available all the time.

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    • Bill says:

      Yes, exactly! It changes the way you think about foods and I love associating the food with the season. For example, I ate watermelon three times today. I hadn’t had a bite of watermelon since our garden quit producing them last year. It definitely makes you appreciate it more.

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  6. shoreacres says:

    We’re still getting peaches and blueberries. The cantaloupe are in, but the melons aren’t. Unfortunately, the tomatoes are gone until fall, but I just tried some of the cutest little purple and white eggplant, only two or three inches long, and they were delicious. Great fun!

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    • Bill says:

      Peaches and blueberries. I’m envious. We don’t have either. And our cantaloupes are still little green promises of things to come. But we have magnificent watermelons this year, thanks to exceptionally hot dry weather.

      I like the sound of those eggplants. We’re growing several kinds, but none that look like that. We’ve been feasting on eggplant recipes lately. 🙂

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  7. Nice to see you and what a great time with all that produce! Watermelons are the best!

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    • Bill says:

      Yep, there I am. It’s an unflattering shot. I would’ve smiled if I’d known I wouldn’t be able to crop my mug out. 🙂
      Our watermelons are sticky sweet this year thanks to brutally hot dry weather. We’ve been enjoying them all day.

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  8. Laurie Graves says:

    As we would say in Maine, that is some watermelon.

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  9. NebraskaDave says:

    Bill, seasonal eating makes the food taste better, in my humble opinion. I’m still basking in my sweet corn victory over the raccoons. The tomatoes are coming in very slow this year. There are lots of green ones on the vines but not ripening. The weather here has been up and down so much this year that I think it’s confused the plants. We’ve had it all. Very hot, then very cool, then back to hot. First wet, then dry, then back to wet, and now dry again. The potatoes are starting to dry up and the green beans are ripe for the picking.

    Have a great garden produce eating day.

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    • Bill says:

      It’s been crazy hot here for the past week or so. I’m trying to keep things watered but the heat has been very hard on a lot of our plants.

      Congrats on your triumph over the raccoons. Ours carried the day here again this year. I’m already thinking about a strategy for 2017.

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  10. Sorry to hear you have no sweetcorn this year.. and glad we have no raccoons.. 🙂 But those tomatoes and melon wow.. 🙂

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