Tomorrow is the equinox and the official start to summer! I'm hopeful that the change of season will bring about some more seasonal weather and less rain. You can only take what you get, of course, with the weather, but we could certainly do with less water! In between the rainstorms, things are progressing at the farm. Succession plantings of beans and greens are getting started to be ready for harvest in 50 or 60 days, and we managed to get the cabbages planted yesterday as well. Now that many of the crops are in the ground, the focus is shifting to weeding and mulching and insect/disease control. The peas are in full bloom, which means the pods will be soon to follow, and the beets and carrots and summer squash are starting to size up.
But for now, we still have tasty spring greens for your salad bowls and saute pans.
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Here are some recipe ideas to try:
Some insects found the arugula through a tiny hole in their cover, so there are some pin-size holes in the leaves. A tad unsightly, but they still taste good! Here's a way to puree the holes away and end up with a tasty accompaniment for pasta.
2) Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Pecans
Mmm, spinach. So amazingly good, especially now. And so are strawberries! They have a short season in CNY, but there's nothing that will beat a fresh local strawberry. If you get a chance to go pick some or buy some from a local grower (and you don't simply eat them all first) this salad is a special treat that combines early summer produce.
3) Sauteed Spinach with Roasted Garlic, Sundried Tomatoes and Feta
If you're looking for a more savory option for your spinach, I recommend this recipe. It's full of excellent flavors.
Have a great weekend!
All the best,
for Lucky Moon Farm