Just ordered a Norpro Beans Frencher today to deal with our glut of large green beans. We are hoping to take single severing sized beans down to a size and freeze them for the winter, besides who doesn't like frenched greens beans.
We just happily finished running 12lbs of green beans threw the Frencher. They are bagged and frozen to add a little garden green to are winter dinners. We are putting this tool on the list of essential tools a garden/Kitchen should have. You may only use it once a year but you reap its reward for the rest of the year.
This morning harvest of 13lbs. of green beans, 2lbs of pole beans, 1 lb of sugar snap peas and one very full fridge. Capped off by a few heads of broccoli and 6 pounds squash to make sure the fridge door will be tricky for a few days. Needless to say there will be green beans in the Farm Stand Friday. "For the curious we plant our beans in 3' by 10' beds one bed produces 15-20 lbs."
A snap shot of the garden vegetables as of 6:45pm on July 18, 2011:
We are starting with this beautiful cantaloupe- well, we should say musk melon. This is a smaller variety, my niece said she wanted melon, so she better watch out! There are more than 10 of these little babies growing on 4 vines that are getting bigger by the day. This one doubled in size from yesterday! Amazing what sun and water will do!
The corn stalks are coming along nicely. Jason counted yesterday, and we should get at least 20 ears of corn- sounds like just enough for the family! We only planted a few rows. It is really wonderful to be able to walk between the plants and see how the corn grows!
Do we need to say more about the totally awesome tomatoes or the bountiful broccoli? Don't they look gorgeous?! (Anthony, those exclamation marks are for you!)
Finally we end with the peppers. This one, though the picture is deceiving is rather large already, which is good, that way it will have lots of time in the sun to turn red- Jason and I really love red peppers!
Great weekend at the farm stand- green beans were piling up after harvest, so a few lucky people are having the best green beans around!
See you soon at the farm stand!
There are so many wonderful things happening in the garden, there is not enough room on the blog for all of the pictures! Instead, we suggest you check out the farm stand- the green beans are in! Sugar snap beans are finishing up, get your last taste! The squash- both yellow and zucchini are coming in very nicely- incredible harvests late this week mean we end up with baskets full of squash!
Our strawberry preserves are new this weekend in the farm stand- berry's grown right on the farm made into scrumptous preserves. Next, blueberries!
The Corn stalks are tall and we can see baby ears of corn; the cantaloupe patch is growing nicely, lots of green tendrils, but, no fruit yet. Tomatoes are popping out on every plant, obviously still green, we must be patient and wait till August! We will have black cherry, sungold, yellow pear in the small tomato variety, and in the large tomato variety we have San Marzanos, Green Zebras, Cosmonauts (slicing tomato), and many other varieties!
The animals are all doing well- despite the heat. The hens are still laying, the ducks are as crazy as they always are, and the two roosters (small though they may be) are beginning to drive us crazy!
This mornings squash harvest filled the basket. The high heat is putting a hurting on the plants but they are producing squash this size in days!
This is one of our favorite recipes for courgettes.
Wow! The corn is coming along! All of the garden is growing nicely, including the weeds. We had to do some serious weed wacking and hand weeding to clean out the garden beds and the rows between.
The wonderful thing is, that you can look back after you have completed a row, and see what your hard work has created! A tidy garden that looks spectacular!
Tomatoes are growing strong too- little green tomatoes are popping out on almost all of the plants. In no time, we will be selling tomatoes at the farm stand.
This weekend, we added sugar snap peas, zucchini and yellow squash, and some of our dried lavender.
Enjoy the weekend!