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Today’s Harvest

The temperatures are heating up, and one of my trusty worm wranglers helped Mom this morning in the gardens.  We picked a few odds and ends for this Holiday Weekend’s Meals:

Fresh, organic goodness!

Red La Soda Potatoes:  First hill I harvested this year, from my smallest plant, close to 2 lbs in weight.  For tonight’s meal.  I’ll wash well and leave the skin on, quarter the potatoes and boil until tender.  Then we will drain and add butter, some of that tasty fresh garlic, a little kosher salt and some chives from the herb garden.  Deelish!

Baby Finger Carrots:  Very sweet as a raw treat to add for lunches.  One of my favorite ways to fix is to peel and cut in half, place in a bowl with 2-3 TBSPs of olive oil, kosher salt, and fresh dill.  Roast in oven for 20-30 minutes (until tender) at 425 degrees.

Texas 1015 Onions:  Thought I had all these harvested, but they just keep showing up, haha.  Always a use…perhaps they will be part of a Mexican dish I’ll bring to the neighbors’ pool party tomorrow?

Snow Peas:  Well, we have harvested the first of the potatoes and the last of the snow peas.  The little worm wrangler and I ate a bunch as we harvested, right off the vine, and we’ll probably have the rest as snacks through the day.

Garlic:  I have started pulling garlic here and there this week.  Ironic that I decided to read Bram Stoker’s Dracula at this time.  Fresh garlic tastes so wonderful–much different than what you can get from the grocery store.  We eat about 2 bulbs a week, on average!

Strawberries:  Nothing better than fresh berries for dessert!

Cherry tomatoes:  We are getting quite a load of these, I’ll probably take some as a house-warming gift to someone tomorrow.  My favorite is the little fresh mozzarella balls, halved tomatoes, basil, kosher salt, olive oil and red wine vinegar in a little salad.

Hope this gives you some menu ideas and inspiration to grow (healthy food and family time!).  Everything’s organic and tasty when you grow it yourself.    If you compost to fill your garden beds, and worm compost to make your amendments, your garden cost is minimal.  What do you think the cost of these organic items would be in the Supermarket?