upon learning to grow my own food, i’ve found as time goes on, that it gets even more exciting. particularly if you try to adhere more-or-less to the locavore way of eating. no, i’m not trying to say i don’t indulge in the succulence of a texan grapefruit in the winter, or a wayward avocado even. i mean, hell, it’s not like i can eventually grow them myself up here in new england. but life takes a wonderful turn when one really starts to think consciously about what they consume. the seasonal joy that comes when the first buds bloom, and the first signs of green pop in the vegetable garden is palpable. i love home preserves as much – or more – than the next cat to be sure, but there’s nothing like homegrown produce straight from the garden or neighboring farmer’s garden if you don’t have one yourself.
although we’ve had some wacky heatwave like temperatures recently, the end of may and first days of june have been the typical cool, wet weather familiar in the late days of spring here in the berkshires of MA. the vegetable garden is nowhere near the horn of plenty it will be a month from now. still, there’s some early blooming show stoppers.
like these neon orbs of lettuce. not for nothing, but if i happened to come upon a gang of whirling dervishes at a rave party, this would be them.
the kohlrabi are taunting me. peeps, you cannot guess how much i love kohlrabi. i will eat them big, i will eat them small, but mostly i will eat them all!
the hardy perennial herbs are raging too; bronze fennel, chives, mint, horseradish, lovage, sage, chervil, and this rather robust oregano.
the pea greens are finally floppy, trellises ready. the greens in between will be snipped for stir-frys, the others tied up and left to grow. english garden peas coming soon, in june! there’s spring onions behind the whirling neon lettuce orbs – the larger allium bed is outside of the fence. in the back corner is broccoli, kale and future kraut.
and then there’s these mischievous little buggers. truth be told, i’ve not made tea with them once. they’re back every year multiplied by the 100′s I think. most dewy mornings their petals are flat and spread wide, all sun-shiny and bright looking they are. by dusk they look ornery. definitely up to no good. i love them.
what things are you (or your neighboring farmer) growing to eat?