There’s nothing like harvesting that brings around a full sense of accomplishment in the garden. Although we’ve always fed ourselves a meal at a time…this year is much different. Harvesting is much more than a little bit here and a little bit there when we are ready for it. This year we harvest when the crops are ready for us, whether we are ready for them or not. Ten, twenty, thirty pounds easy of greens. Lacinato kale, rainbow swiss chard, spinach, and two different lettuce mix varieties coming out of our ears. We’ve got lots to sell this week at the farm stand. Everything organic. Everything grown with love. Everything brimming with real food beauty.
Today is going to be hot. Yesterday was hot. So getting out early in the morning or waiting till evening to harvest is key right now for these fresh greens. After they come in they get a bath. We fill up the sink with cold cold water and let them soak in there for about 30 minutes. Our goal is to keep them fresh for as long as possible. Then we let them briefly drain on a towel and then it gets bagged up and put in the refrigerator.
It’s amazing how much can be produced out of a very small space. Kind of magical actually. Kinda like having a baby…all squished up in there. And for all of you asking for a picture of my belly…here you go. I’m usually the one taking the pictures, but I managed a way to get a picture of me thanks to our mirror. I feel huge, but still have two months to go! By then someone may have to just roll me around.