Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Us Cool, Veggies Hot

When the weather is this hot, I am so thankful to have indoor gardening and food preparation to keep us busy.  We start the day outside doing various chores like setting up remaining irrigation systems, picking veggies that are ready like snow peas, basil, doing some weeding and sowing.  Mid-morning, (we go outside before 7 a.m.) when the heat really starts to kick in we move indoors to rinse sprouts, make pesto, and start and/or cut microgreens.  Thursday is picking day no matter what temperatures or rain may fall.  We then wash and pack our salad greens.  Friday we finalize any further pickings of kale, chard, fresh herbs, flowers and other orders for the week.  Local deliveries are Friday afternoon.  Non-local deliveries are made Saturday and Sunday.   
At this rate of heat I suspect tomatoes will be ready earlier than last year.   You’ll hear squeals of delight from me when they are ready. 
We thought some of you who don’t eat cheese might enjoy Pesto sans fromage so we used cashews instead of cheese for some of our Pesto this week. 
AND we made some with almonds rather than walnuts.   You can tell by the label on the jar which cheese and nuts we used or didn’t use.
AND we made a few larger jars, so you wouldn’t need to buy two at a time (and because I ran out of small jars 😊).
Please know that, aside from the pesto not being processed and that you need to keep it in the fridge, you can also freeze any that you don’t eat right away right in the jar. 
I have many small onions from last year’s harvest if you’d like.  There are yellow, Spanish and red multiplier.  They’re perfectly fine, just small. 
Ordering Amounts You Need
Another question asked of me is if you can order amounts different than what I post.  The answer is "Absolutely Yes”.
That’s why I call our service a “CSA with a twist”.  You can order a half bag of salad, small portions of herbs, a half order of lettuce OR you can order more if you need more, if I have it.  You can ask for regular delivery of certain items from week to week or some items every other week.  It’s pretty easy if you find you’re not getting around to ordering.  Let me know what you’d like and I can keep track for you. 
Yogurt Containers
Thanks to all of you who provided me with empty yogurt containers for my plant labels.  I believe I have enough now combined with your donateds and what we’ll eat over the next many months. 
Foods for you to enjoy this week are:
APPLES, organic, dehydrated  $2 / snack bag
BASIL:   Genovese, Greek, Holy, Large Leaf Italian, Lemon, Lime or Purple  $3 / bunch
CELERY,  NEW  pencil thin but flavourful  $2 / bunch
CHARD  $3 / bunch
Edible FLOWERS    $3 / bag
GARLIC SCAPES   $3 / bundle of 10
Garnet Stemmed CHICORY  NEW  $3 / bunch
GREEN ONIONS $2 / bunch
HERBS, fresh:  Chives, Citrus Thyme, Dill, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Stinging Nettle   $3 / bunch
KALE   $4 / bunch
LETTUCE VARIETY MIX:   $4 / bag   
MICROGREENS MIX:   arugula, carrot, kale, radish and red cabbage   $3 bag
MUSTARD GREENS (red and green)  $3 / bunch            
ONIONS   Small from last year’s harvest  $2 / pound
PESTO, Garlic Scape and Basil   (garlic scapes, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, walnuts or almonds, lemon juice, pepper)  $5 / 125 mL jar
PESTO, Garlic Scape and Basil   (garlic scapes, fresh basil, parmesan cheese, walnuts or almonds, lemon juice, pepper)  $9 / 250 mL jar NEW JAR SIZE
PESTO, Garlic Scape and Basil WITHOUT CHEESE   NEW  (garlic scapes, fresh basil, walnuts, cashews, lemon juice, pepper)  $5 / 125 mL jar
PURSLANE   NEW   $4 / pound  you can order less
Red ORACH   $4 / bag
SALAD GREENS, washed and table-ready  $6 / bag   sold out
SPROUTS  $3 / bag
  Sandwich Booster (clover, alfalfa, radish & mustard)  
  Spring Salad Mix (broccoli, radish, red clover & alfalfa)
Tomatoes, frozen whole  (Gardener's Delight - ping pong ball size) $2 / pound  

I look forward to receiving Your Special Order.  Call or email me with amounts you’d like and any questions.  

Until next post, have a great every day.

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