WHAT'S GROWING ON
I've been saying for about five years now, that August is the new September. Notice a transition of crops about now, as we look toward the fall season. A lesson in eating seasonally, you will see the summer crops ending but the fall greens and sweet potatoes and squashes not quite ready. Crops of cucumbers are done and summer squash slowing down. Greens are more of a spring crop that we work hard to bring back in the fall. Enjoy potatoes and watermelon and tomatoes and lots of eggplant. Marinate eggplant in salt, herbs, and plenty of olive oil to absorb in. Wonderful baked or grilled til soft. Try breading and frying eggplant and then layering with sauce and cheese...eggplant parmesan. While we still have some zucchini harvesting, try ratatouille. The baked dish would work fine with the big baking zucchinis or smaller sautee sizes.
The U-PICK flower patch, including the everlasting zinnias, continues to provide a harvest of joy. Enjoy it! Cherry tomatoes in Candy Lane are as sweet as ever. The skins split after a rain, but new ones will continue to ripen. Maybe a few beans still growing in the Bean Hut. Have fun!