July has come and brought the heat and humidity we had almost forgotten about. With it have come many early starts, getting to the farm before the sun pops up it’s head so we can work ferociously before the heat of the day sets in. Never have I been quite as happy to sit in a body of water, and neither has Dixie who leaves our side at least 5 times a day to get a quick swim in.
The bugs have exploded bringing potato beetles, Japanese beetles, and squash bugs. We also now have assassin bugs, which eat all these other bugs and who I love quite fondly. Many mornings have been spent squishing the potato beetle grubs that devour our eggplant leaves very quickly and we’ve been shot in the eye more then once by their insides. Not the favorite job on the farm! Something new we learned this year is that the potato beetle larvae cover themselves with their own poop to avoid being eaten. Yum.
The glory of July is in the food itself, we’ve been cooking up a storm, devouring our favorite vegetables that we are very excited to have back. There is nothing quite as satisfying as a meal picked just that day or the day before, entirely from the farm.
This week at market!:
Summer Squash (yellow, patty pan and zucchini)
Cucumbers (Slicing, pickling and lemon)
Food we’ve been eating!
SWISS CHARD w/SHALLOT CREAM SAUCE
4 Tbsp. butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 shallots, diced
2/3 c. cream
1/2 c. dry white wine
salt & pepper
1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1 bunch swiss chard
1. In a large skillet, cook garlic and shallots in butter until translucent.
2. While the shallots and garlic are cooking, prepare your swiss chard: cut leafy tops into 2″ pieces, cut the stems into 1/2″ pieces.
3. Add in cream, wine, salt, pepper, nutmeg and stems of swiss chard. Cook for 5 minutes.
4. Add in leafy portion of swiss chard and continue cooking about 5 minutes more.
Crushed New Potatoes
- 500g of new potatoes
- 1 bunch scallions finely chopped