Everything comes in its season. Last year we had an unusually early start to the season, and at this point in the season I had already started the CSA. This year things are moving a little slower, due largely to cooler temperatures – excellent for crops like lettuce, although they are still slow to size up.
The first pick-up days for years` CSA will be Wednesday June 19th and Saturday June 22nd – which means the season will continue on until mid-late October. A few notes for new members – once the veggies start, they won`t stop. If you find items are starting to pile up, soups can be a great way to put any veggies getting a little `long in the tooth`to good use. You can also simply blanch & freeze many vegetables, for adding to dishes later in the season – or if you`re feeling adventurous, wild fermentations such as krauts & kimchis can be a great way to preserve lots of different veggies.
Everything comes in its season. First things first – stock the medicine cabinet, then the pantry. As some of you may know, I spent a good number of years formally studying cultural anthropology, with a focus on both food systems and ethnobotany. Two of the most fascinating ways humans interact with plants (in my opinion) happen within the realms of herbal medicine & the use of culinary herbs to season and enliven food.
Over the past little while I`ve been working on creating not only a garden that I enjoy to be in, one that can feed myself, family, neighbours & broader community, but also heal. While working in the garden can be amazingly relaxing at times, I also enjoy growing plants that offer unique properties. Since we`re all still waiting for the veggies to come on in full force, I thought I`d take this opportunity to showcase some of the amazing plants that have made their way into the gardens by bringing a sampling to markets.
Keep your eyes peeled for the following freshly harvested (and organically grown!) herbs at a farmers`market near you!
- Enlivening French Tarragon
- Exquisite Greek Oregano
- Suave Thyme (2 kinds)
- Awakening Spearmint
- Colourful Chives (with the flowers!)
- Relaxing German Chamomile
- Cleansing Borage
- Playful Lemon Balm
- Refreshing Smokey Fennel
- Russian tarragon (its good, I just don’t know how to describe it – some folks say it enhances the flavour of foods)
- Endearing Sage
- and much, much more!!!
If you have a special request, please let me know – I`d be happy to harvest what you need for you & bring it to market.
I`ll also be bringing a limited supply of green garlic, wild spinach & rhubarb – so get on it while the gettin is good!
Here`s a few photos of the past couple of weeks – I hope you enjoy…