The weather here is still all over the map but my mini-greenhouses are doing pretty well. I had to cover everything recently for a flash flood-type of thunderstorm that, in reality, only lasted a few minutes, but would have devastated my tender little plants if they had been exposed. The overnight temperatures haven’t been too bad. However, it does flirt with the freezing mark on a regular basis despite hitting near 90 the other day. I live in a crazy dry … and very wide ranging little climate zone.
So, every little success must be celebrated. Today, we celebrated GREENS. Mmmmmm. There were just enough greens for me and the Fresh Hubs to each have a big, green salad for lunch today. Lucky us.
It has been a couple of weeks so I thought I would check in and let everyone know how the sprouts are doing. Current status: pretty darn good.
The weather here is fairly unpredictable and, in between snow showers, it has hit the 90 degree mark. ( Ya, I know. Too weird.)
We made a bird netting system to keep the big pests out and take the tops of the mini greenhouses off when it gets hot. It’s a pretty simple cover rig so we can switch it right back when the weather flip flops and we need the greenhouse lids again.I am happy to report that I have three kinds of lettuce, kale, carrots, green beans, cilantro and chives all doing their sprout-y business.
I’m pretty proud of my pepper sprouts in the milk jug greenhouses. They are coming along but I haven’t braved cutting the tops all the way off just yet. Maybe, next month. In the meantime, I take the top lids of the milk jugs off on the hot days for extra ventilation. Otherwise, they get steamy little saunas all day. I think they like it. The nights are still pretty cool here so they are getting the full range. (And, that’s why they are so hard to grow from seed here. Wish me luck!)
What’s in the box this week?
(all organic from Lattin Farms unless noted otherwise)
- Cha-Cha Kabocha Squash
- MIzuna and Mustard Greens
- Islander Peppers
- Garlic Chives from Mewaldt Organics
- Potatoes from Holley Farms
- Yellow Onions from Peri & Sons
- Cauliflower from Peri & Sons
What the Cha-Cha? Now, I’m not a rookie to the squash scene at this point but I don’t remember ever seeing a Cha-Cha Kabocha Squash on the menu before now. Have you ever had one?
To me, it looks like a big speckled green pumpkin or, maybe, a flatter watermelon But, I was surprised when I picked it up because it was significantly lighter than expected. According to the instructions/newsletter, it is the best-eating of the mid-size kabocha squashes. “It has a bright yellow flesh that cooks up dry, flaky, sweet and delicious.” I’m thinking it will be a lot like a butternut squash … I guess we will find out soon enough, won’t we?
In case you didn’t already know, the pick-up spot for my CSA is at the local Whole Foods store. Most of the time, I don’t even go inside unless I need some random other item because, after all, I am going home with a huge box of veggies every week. This week, though, was different. I was stopped dead in my tracks because I found my holy grail item of fall. The Honey Crisp Apple. Oooooh, yaaaaa. It’s on like Donkey Kong, my friends.
I bought a whole bag of these beauties and, after I eat myself sick on just plain old apples, I’m going to make a recipe suggested by Rachel’s Table, Seasonal Sangria. Check her out, she knows how to get it done …
I started to name this post “I Love Ugly Tomatoes” and then went back to the format that I have been using this year. But, the whole post should really be about just those organic heirloom tomatoes, shouldn’t it? No? OK. Here’s what I got in the box this week:
- Seedless Watermelon
- Canary Melon
- Romanian Peppers
- Globe Eggplant
- Juliet Cherry Tomatoes
- Yellow Onions
- Garlic Chives
- Raspberries (that I am promising myself to not just let the Goblin eat)
- oh, ya … some awesome heirloom tomatoes!
I love how they are just ugly. Makes you wonder what other stuff that looks all weird but would actually be good, doesn’t it? Makes me think that I was wrong for always picking the “pretty” produce. Who taught us to do that??
The evenings are getting cooler and that autumn feeling is starting to creep in on us here in Northern Nevada. But, the summer harvest is still happening. Just check out this week’s haul of CSA goodies:
This week, the box was full of summer squash, ughplant, peppers, cucumbers, a Tuscan melon (looks like cantaloupe to me), garlic, raspberries, tomatoes, chives, grapes (!!!) and new potatoes.
The fruit share is HUGE. Apples, plums, peaches, pears and nectarines. Wow.
What are these? I love the colors that you get from different varieties of heirloom tomatoes. These are more purple in person but I think you can see my point.
Grapes, grapes, grapes! They are perfectly cute, tiny little globes of freshness. Yum.
It is the dog days of summer here in Northern Nevada and it just keeps getting hotter. The forecast last week was 95-100 everyday and it looks like it will continue through next week as well. I’m sure it’s taking a toll on the farmers out there but this week’s box of goodies still looks wonderful.
What’s in there? All organic, of course: ambrosia cantaloupe, yellow crookneck and patty pan summer squash, armenian cucumbers (what’s that? check here), romanian peppers, white and purple japanese eggplant, lettuce, purple basil (which smells like what I imagine heaven is), carrots, tomatoes (that look like apples!), garlic chives … and … oh thank you fruit gods … another yellow doll watermelon!
And, because I love big salads, this is what we had for dinner:
It is sort of a buffalo chicken mix salad with all kinds of crunchy veggies and even BBQ’d corn off the cob.
And, for those who have been following along, here’s how I get my little dude to try new veggies:
He’s not a super picky eater but it does help to make him a nicely separated buffet.