Beautiful in the Heart of Darkness

As I write this in our porch, I’m looking over the front field.  It’s a beautiful site as swallows dive over the nicely trellised tomato plants and green sweet corn.  The sun is out, but it’s pretty cool for a day in July with a nice breeze.  Even with all this beauty around me, I’m still in that July state of mind, what my former mentor called the ‘heart of darkness.’

July is a time when small weeds turn into 4-foot tall monsters overnight and produce harvest is something you need to do each and every day just to keep up.  It’s the time that can really wear out market gardeners like me when every hour is consumed with the battle against the weeds or trying to keep up on cucumbers.  I’ve been doing this enough in my life to know, however, that things will begin to slow down in August when we give up on pulling weeds and planting new crops.  I should at least slow up enough to stop and watch these birds near my house for a spell.  Should we all keep things in perspective.

In the box:
‘Imperial’ Broccoli: A lot of these heads turned out to be huge.
Fennel: This one can throw people for a loop, but it’s great sauteed with other veggies.  Here’s a recipe from Simply Recipes:
A couple Cucumbers
A couple Yellow Summer Squash: Cook up and use however you like your zucchi done.
A smattering of Lettuce: I scraped the fields to find a mix of lettuces to fill the boxes this week.
Sweet ‘Alisa Craig’ onion
Green Beans 
‘Norland’ Red Potatoes

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