It’s Summertime and the Cooking is Easy

 

Now that the harvest is rolling in, dinners get very easy.  A few evenings ago I went out to the garden and harvested leeks, tomatoes, Swiss chard and basil.  Along with our farm fresh eggs and a little feta cheese, I made lovely omelets.  I used our favorite (and healthiest) cooking fat, coconut oil, and paired the omelets with a cold beet salad (our beets) with a homemade citrus vinaigrette.  Yum.  Fresh ingredients make simple meals so flavorful and satisfying.  Low quality-processed foods make up for lack of taste with high amounts of sugar, salt, and fat.

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The Onion Queen of Westpoint, Indiana

I am unapologetically declaring myself the 2012 Onion Queen of Westpoint, Indiana.  My onions are big, beautiful, delicious, and plentiful.  I have been harvesting over a month now and still have the majority to pull.  I have potato onions, 4 kinds of storage onions, 3 kinds of bunching onions, 5 kinds of garlic, and Egyptian walking onions.  Perhaps I got a bit carried away….Good thing I can send the surplus to the restaurant.

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Frida’s First Farm Summer

Frida is one now and enjoying her first summer on the farm.  This is what she loves: strawberries, Tinsel (the border collie) chasing her, and picking up dead things and eating/toting them around (ugh!).  A few weeks ago she came in with a dead mole.

She is learning to love swimming.  She now willingly gets held in the water and will swim short distances.

What more could a dog want than a farm and family?

A Better System

Last year we took the problem of tomato cages head on and solved the dilemma once and for all.  Paco made me 30 welded wire tomato cages.  This year we used every one of them.  The size of the tomato plants in their sturdy cages quickly eclipsed the markers I had placed near the bases.  This year I transformed some thin kitchen cutting mats, cable ties, and a garden marker into some nice eye level tags that will last the season. I hope to reuse them if I can find something to strip the marker.

Every year the garden gets better and better because we learn and innovate.  We know we still get some things wrong, but we get a lot right now too! More on this upcoming posts.

Natural Pest Control

Today’s survey of the main garden highlighted a little natural pest control.  The first picture is of a Colorado Potato Beetle larvae.  Potato beetles showed themselves early this spring and I have been battling to keep them under control.  I squash all that I find, but was very happy to see a Northern Leopard Frog lurking in my potato patch.  Nice juicy potato bug larvae are the perfect entrée for this frog.