It’s so summer. I could almost say the hottest, driest summer I can remember. It’s been roughly 6 weeks that have reminded me of growing up in Florida where virtually everyday the sun rises and stays out shining hot. Except here it’s about 70 degrees instead of 90. I’ll take it.
We earned it here in the PNW. I didn’t get the garden in till the third week of May because it was so wet. The four leggers and 2 leggers were slopping around in mud pretty much till the end of May.
Our four goat mama’s cranked out three sets of triplets and one set of twins. We had a full house with 11 kids and 4 moms. And so we are building a new BARN. Ollie is so supportive of this venture- it also gives his farming roots a chance to grow and thrive… The boat and/or sports car has been bumped to the next decade:)
We (well they) will be moving in by September and we’ll be ready to bring on the winter.
The garden, though late, is in full swing. We are chowing down on green salads daily and actually got tomatoes early due to my $179 hoop house. We added support with rebar stakes and it’s holding out great. Plenty of basil and tomatillos this year!
We are eating lots of these kinds of salads…
Broccoli & red cabbage-
- 2 cups broccoli
- 1 cup shredded red cabbage
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- ½ shredded or finely cut fennel
- 2 scallions chopped
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 T white wine vinegar
- 1 T cider vinegar
A little salt and pepper and a dash of honey or maple syrup if you want it a little sweeter but the fennel also gives it a little sense of sweet,
Preserved lemon and herbed quinoa salad- No real recipe for this one.
It’s just chopped up preserved lemon (I’ve been making a lot of this), a handful of chopped parsley, a couple tablespoons of chopped fresh mint and cilantro and toasted pine nuts with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and a little honey apple cider vinegar ( I love this stuff).
And here’s one of my favorite green salads with steak, broccoli salad, white kimchi, spiralized zucchini, a little of our house feta, avocado, last of our currants and a lime vinaigrette. A little fresh mint on this one as well. Boy if we could grow citrus and avocado We’d have it all!
On the farm…
Big brown eyed Else
Dinah helping the electrician-