Despite being stricken with a highly inconvenient flu, this week has been altogether nice: lovely sunny days and a visit from The Boy’s folks made my shuffling around in a cough-addled fog much more bearable. The Boy’s mom even came with me to the farm this week, and we admired the chickens (the ducks were in hiding), caught Thuja and one of the cats in a playful moment, and of course, gathered the week’s fresh veggies!
Scallions, cucumbers, more crookneck squashes (I was a little enthusiastic in posing them, and broke one… whoops), cabbage (already!), fennel (!), tomatoes, early potatoes (!), cilantro, basil and rainbow “baby” carrots that, honestly, seem more child-sized than “baby” to me. It’s a goodly haul!
Boj and I decided that rather than halving them, she’d take the cabbage and I kept the fennel. This might have stricken fear into my kitcheny heart last summer, but after some fennel experimentation earlier this year, I’ve discovered that I quite like it roasted (although to be fair, I don’t think there’s any vegetable I don’t like roasted…) and The Boy didn’t seem averse to it. So there’ll be some of that in the coming week!
I have to say I’m a little surprised at the tomato volumes… although if I compare to my own garden (cherry tomatoes are ramping up, but nothing else is quite ready yet) and to last year’s farm (first tomatoes were in early September), things are pretty much right on track. I guess I’m just impatient, after that crepe last week: I have so many things planned for tomatoes and (for once!) not enough tomatoes to keep up with my ideas!
Aside from winning the award (thus far!) for most exciting vegetable (fennel!) — the award for most exciting surprise goes to last week’s watermelon — this week marks the halfway point for our CSA deliveries this summer. And what would a halfway milestone be without a crappy collage to celebrate it?
I’ll have to tabulate the veggies to verify with math, but I definitely feel that this year’s farm gave us more variety with our veggies, as well as just giving us larger shares. (Again, I’m willing to credit the weather for that. For all the farmers saying that the long, wet spring put a damper on crops, we’ve had weeks and weeks of warm sunshine to help things catch up since, where last summer we just had weeks and weeks (and weeks!) of rain.)
In the early weeks, it’s a little hard to provide variety because, let’s face it, Canadian winters are tough, and there’s a limited set of veggies that will grow through our springs or on short notice; mostly greens and hopefully scapes. From about week 5 onward though, I feel that every week, pretty much, included one “fun” veggie that was a departure from the staples of leafy greens, onions, and later, carrots. Things like beans and peas, broccoli, fennel and that watermelon! Although more would be nice (especially for the legumes), I appreciate the little tastes that these give — and this way I’m inspired to plant more of the ones I really like! (Lesson for next year’s garden: snap peas are nice, but plant snow peas too.)
All in all, it’s been a fantastic experience so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing the summer squashes slowly give way to winter squashes, more root veggies, hopefully more kale (didn’t think I’d ever be saying that…) and of course… more tomatoes!