The end of July is a bountiful time of the summer! Many summer crops are reliably producing every day and fall crops are getting bigger. I also find the end of the July to be a time of reckoning on the farm. There is daily harvesting that needs to be done to stay on top of vegetables like cucumbers and zucchini, large scale harvests like garlic are happening, many of the fall crops needs to be planted now, and any small weeding jobs that were left undone in June are now full scale weed forests that have to be dealt with immediately. The end of July is often when I feel like my 'to-do' list is growing much faster than I am crossing items off. But we need to endure a few more weeks of this frenzy and then we turn the corner. By the end of August things start to settle into a more relaxed rhythm for the remainder of the season.
Despite the frenzy of late July, I love the variety of vegetables that are available. Sometimes I think if I sat quietly in the fields I should be able to see the zucchini growing and the tomatoes ripening before my eyes.
Speaking of tomatoes, they are ready and will be in everyone's share this week! This is about two weeks earlier than we normally have enough for all share members. I imagine the hot weather we have had is the reason for the early harvest. We have been enjoying the early, lonely ripe tomatoes and they are delicious! We grow three varieties of cherry tomatoes, and seven varieties of larger slicing tomatoes. Most are heirloom varieties which means that their flavour is superb but sometimes they can look a little funny. Don't pass up the unusual looking tomatoes: they are often the yummiest.
Just like we had many zucchinis last week, we have plentiful cucumbers this week. If you love to snack on sliced cucumber than you will be in cucumber heaven. But if you're not sure how to get through numerous cucumbers you may want to try one the recipes below.
Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie
Asian Cucumber Salad
The Best Greek Salad
Veggie Nori Rolls