It’s hard to believe but we’re at the half way point! The mornings are chilly, the crickets are singing and the light is changing. And so is the garden! Here come the mid-season favourites! We’ve added a partner for the sungold cherries. His name is Sakura and we think he tastes great, too! Remember never to put tomatoes in the fridge. The field tomatoes are starting to ripen and they will appear in baskets soon. The peppers are in full swing and the eggplants are slowly coming on. The potatoes are late to appear, but well worth the wait. Yellow and green beans will take turns and will be around into September. We say good-bye to the beets temporarily, but a fall variety is already up and growing. What a relief to have a fresh crop of garlic; it’s so crisp and juicy!
And… there’s still more bounty to look forward to: corn, melons, winter squash, fall crops of kale, spinach, beets and broccoli.
This week’s herb is a bouquet of parsley, rosemary and thyme. All compliment the potatoes and are terrific sprinkled on grilled veg. The new green is Swiss Chard. It can be eaten fresh, or lightly steamed , but can easily replace spinach in recipes. It is chockfull of vitamins. One cup of cooked Swiss chard provides approximately 716% of vitamin K needs, 214% of vitamin A, 53% of vitamin C, 38% of magnesium, 29% of manganese, 27% of potassium, 22% of iron, 17% of vitamin E. Take that kale!
The French lads have left, but now we’re joined by an Austrian girl, Johanna. Johanna is taking a nutrition course and is required to work on a farm outside of her country. Lucky us! She is a fantastic cook and has been treating us to lunches that should be on magazine covers. I haven’t been able to convince her that flip-flops are not the best garden footwear. However, she discovered on her own that picking zucchini in a bikini is not a good idea!
Friends are offering children a really unique summer camp experience. Operating out of the well-established Dowling family farm on Howe Island (home of Root Radical CSA and Doublejay Farms), Rad Kids is offering a one week day camp for children aged 6-10. The theme is “The Ecology of a Farm”. Each day will involve a variety of activities using the “breathe in, breathe out” idea (active time followed by quieter activity, repeat!) including farmaerobics, yoga, vegetable seeding, weeding, and harvesting, food and farm arts & crafts projects, observation of farm animals (chickens, dogs, and cows), workshops with farmers, drama activities, nature walks and more.
Camp runs from August 24th-28th, with daily hours 8am-5pm, and transportation is offered from downtown Kingston. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP to express interest and receive registration forms.
Sunday, August 16th, is burger day at the Memorial Centre Farmer’s Market. Burgers will be made using as many local ingredients as possible. In addition to local beef & pork, a veggie option will be offered. Toppings will include local goat cheese, brie, relishes & preserves. Even the buns will be made by the famous Goaty Girls. The grill is hot from 11am-1pm.
Until next time, happy savouring!