Friday, August 22, 2014

Market Menu for Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sweeeeeet Corn and Candy Carrots the twin pillars of our summer table. We had a few hundred ears last week that sold out quickly. We had a family that buy 6 dozen ears directly from the farm to do some freezing. The wife said they didn't find a single bug in the whole batch, which is pretty good for corn grown organically with no sprays. We move the corn to a different field every year, which keeps the insects guessing. This coupled with a very severe winter means no bugs, we also had no Colorado potato beetles this year.

Our goal is a bushel of candy carrots every week until spring. We have a double electric fence around all the carrot patches to keep out the deer. It is kinda like guarding Fort Knox. Reed is the e-fence expert. He puts in the fence posts will the i-post driver.

Beautiful heirloom tomatoes are ripening at an accelerating rate. We have all been waiting with great anticipation for the field grown, vine ripened, and delicious gems of August.  We will have about 50 pounds this week and more to come.
Baby Zucchini available throughout the summer. Photo Credit: Reed Petersen
Baby Zucchini available throughout the summer. Photo Credit: Reed Petersen
Reed took this colorful picture of our table of baby zucchini this last week. It was a patchwork quilt of green and gold. We will have hundreds of boxes of these delightful baby vegetables every week.

On Friday we carefully remove the squash blossoms from the zucchini. Squash blossoms remain a favorite at our market stand. Brian's post on 10 ways to use squash blossoms is the ultimate guide to this delicate taste of summer. You will never find these in the grocery store because they must be harvested and used fresh.

The basil is really doing well and we have been offering the gallon bags for the same price as lettuce this week.  Here is a post on 10 ways to use fresh basil.

We will have the following items at the Farmers Market for Saturday, August 23, 2014 (New items are in Bold Print)

Slicing Tomatoes

Salsa Kits - Everything you need to make salsa.

Charcoal (Bio char) - good for your barbecue and good for your garden soil. Want to create a coral reef in your garden, click on the link to see how.

Worms Farms and worm castings for your youngster or your compost pile. For more information on what is a worm farm, click on the link.

Salsa - Brandywine, Cherry Tomato, Roasted Roma, Hot'n'Sweet, Jalapeno Jelly (yum)

Red and Yellow Tender Baby Potatoes
French Fillet Green Beans, lots and lots
Baby zucchini and patty pan.
Squash Blossoms
Walla Walla Sweet Onions - Walla Walla Wonderful
Robust Red Radishes - Bunches and Bunches
Green Sweet Onions
Cipotle Smoked Peppers
Smoked Sun Dried Tomatoes
Sun Dried Tomatoes
Dandelion Greens
Fresh Spinach
Arugula & Wild Arugula
Spring Mix
Red Russian Kale
Baby Kale
Dinosaur Kale
Quattro Kale
Basil....GREAT BUY!!!  Gallon Bags for $5

Herb plants for this week,
  • Chives
  • French Tarragon
  • Apple Mint
  • Chocolate Mint
  • Spearmint
  • Peppermint
  • Orange Mint
  • Mojito Mint
  • Mint Julip
  • Greek Oregano
  • Italian Oregano
  • RosemarySage
  • Parsley - Italian, Curly
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Oregano Thyme
  • Silver Posie Thyme
  • Caraway Thyme
  • Cilantro


  1. Do you have any okra?

    1. Unfortunately, no. Our okra got a disease, and most didnt make is past an inch tall. We would regularly have okra by now, but I don't think we'll have any at all this year.
      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Love your blog - yes we can find squash blossoms in our Supermarkets ( which here in Switzerland do not have the size of yours ;-)
    Of course they look not fresh like those from the farmermarket but still taste good. I have my own growing in my organic garden.
    Wishing you much success and that more and more people will realize that healthy food is not "expensive" but health issues are.