24 July 2011

Farm Produce

After the mildest summer weather I have ever experienced the farm has started to produce something other than greens (which surprisingly get old after four months, weird). And it is a cause for celebration! This is our most recent haul. Currants, logan berries, beets, zucchini, lettuce and young scapes (the curly heads of unflowered garlic).

And then a couple days after this photo I got some more (gigantic) beets and the carrots were ready to pull up. They are called Dragon Carrots which have a beautiful dark purple outside and an orange center. And totally delicious.

With all the currants Joel made currant jelly and Cumberland sauce (which uses currant jelly).

Joel also made some delicious berry corn muffins, yum!

Recently we had pea soup made with farmers market hamhocks, farm garlic and carrots and grocery store peas. Mostly local and completely delicious.

Last week I pulled up some of our potatoes in the backyard and they were All Blues.

And with the All Blues I made this wonderful dinner: all blue mashed potatoes with farm dill, tuna with a mushroom and dill cream sauce, and baked asparagus.

A couple days ago I made quinoa pasta with farm vegetables and herbs and a lemon-butter sauce. Unfortunately that didn't get photographed, oh well. That same night we went over to my friend Carli's for pie and cards on the front porch -- summer is here! The pie was made with farm logan berries, blueberries and marionberries. I will definitely miss the berries of Oregon when we do eventually move away. They are not only prolific but also succulent and delicious. I am very happy that they grow so well here.

And I'll wrap up with a couple animals. We'll start with the less fuzzy: slugs! This is a leopard slug that was about six inches long. Accompanied by some slug that I have idea what it is. But there are a lot of them in Oregon.

And end with the more fuzzy: Orson!

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