What’s that? I’m a week late. Well… yes. The thing is, we weren’t actually in town for week 3’s veggie box. (Apparently it is also tradition for The Boy and me to skip town and miss a shipment every year?) Luckily Boj is a good sport and did the assignment for me! : ) Thanks Boj!
I was a little sad about missing the turnips (they’re so delicious!) but was most jealous of the scapes. Luckily, I have decided that The Time Has Come for my own crop of garlic scapes. This is about half of them, the other half being a little slender and delicate-looking. I’ll try them later this week, or next week maybe.
As a fabulous homecoming present, Boj also kept us a few scapes (and other veggies) from the CSA box! So we ate them tonight. (May I suggest this recipe if you’re feeling lazy and have some fish lying around? We used haddock.) Tomorrow night: the napa cabbage gets it in a noodle stir-fry with whatever I have left in the fridge.
In garden-y news, my peas are climbing to new heights (about 6.5 feet tall this year and still growing) thanks to some, ahem, slightly more appropriate posts for them to grow up. (No more hockey sticks this year, although I do admit that I kind of miss them a little. They were cute!) The peas, along with the beans, seem to be ramping up production, so I expect to be snacking on the legumes by next week sometime. (I may or may not have already started attacking the peas for snackage. I can not confirm or deny.) Everything I’d planted before leaving (more radishes, more carrots, salsify, choi sum) is… struggling, due to the dry, sunny weekend we had (apparently) while The Boy and I were up north. I’m a little worried for those tender seedlings, but will attempt to re-mollify my soil with regular watering since pretty much all of next week seems to call for more glorious, sunshiney (but dry) weather.
Aside from that, things are pretty steady. My lettuce has still not bolted, which surprises me greatly, and my carrot tops do seem to be looking a bit beefier, which encourages me. I’m excited to see that this week’s CSA shipment will include more scapes (hurray!), more kale, peas (!) and possibly turnips — it’s unclear if we get them, or if they’re just for the Tuesday pick-up folks. Still waiting on the radishes, though. At this point I would say we are definitely getting more food than last year, and I’m really liking the inclusion of fresh herbs every week. (We missed out on sage last week, but luckily I have some of that growing on my counter. Also, this week: mystery herb bunch!) I know it’s not entirely fair to compare two farms across two different years — the weather is so different! — but this year is definitely impressing me.