The hot crops, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are picking up speed, albeit slowly. The many cloudy and relatively cool days have a way of hindering photosynthesis and growth, so our tomatoes and peppers are progressing much more slowly than in a typical season. We're not worried, once they are up to speed, they'll produce their usual bounty.
This week we were pleased to get the rest of the butternut squash planted on Monday before the rains came again and we also dove into the garlic harvest and starting harvesting sweet onions as well. We had a close call with Gumby having too much to drink one night (when it stormed) but fortunately his electric motor was not ruined and he is back up and running.
Eggplant: The Italian and Asian types differ only in shape and color, they are used in the same manner. I like them sliced and grillled or pan fried with soy sauce, oil, miso etc until browned and crispy.
Cucumbers: We are probably biased, but our cucumbers are delicious!
Chop cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and mince garlic cloves or scapes, mix and douse with olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. The flavors blend and it tastes even better if it sits for half and hour or so before eating it, but you can eat it immediately too.
Zucchini: use for zucchini bread, puree for soup stock, or slice and fry with oil and seasonings, or dice for salads.
Napa cabbage: this Asian cabbage is main ingredient in Kimchee, a spicy kraut or relish of sort. The quality is great diminished so we are not harvesting it any more until the new fall crop.
Bok Choi: the joy of choi, this is great for stir fries and goes well with peanuts, cashews, ginger, soy sauce, garlic, peanut butter, chicken. This will return in fall.
Lettuce heads: the lettuce did really well, we hope you enjoyed it.
Each year we plant the pick your own field with lots of favorites like sunflowers, zinnias, Sungold cherry tomatoes, and basil, while also adding in some experimental and novelty things like rice, amaranth, quinoa, insanely hot peppers (and milder ones).
If plentiful, take a little more, if scarce, go easy on the crop
For herbs--pinch only the tops of stems so that they can regrow.