The battle with the weeds is won or lost in June so we are busy trying to put mulch down on everything before the weeds triumph. One carrot bed lost the weed battle so we pulled everything out today and planted "Heatwave" lettuce in the clean bed. The new strawberries we planted are being endangered by weeds and they are next on the mulch list. We are excitedly watching the tomatoes that were started early in the greenhouse set fruit and start to color. By tomorrow we will be able to pick the first Sungold cherry tomato. I noticed one of the Amish produce vendors at the Wooster Farmers Market already had hothouse tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash and green beans last Saturday, all at a premium price.
Our freezer is running quite low, we devoured all the frozen fruit and the only frozen vegetables left are pizza sauce quarts and some sad looking packs of shredded zucchini. We can tell butchering needs to happen soon too because we are down to a couple chickens and a few packs of steak. So we were creative with what we had tonight and used rib steak for stir-fry and at the suggestion of our 12 year old son added snow peas and garlic scapes with balsamic vinegar and fresh dill for flavoring. His comment on the meal was, "This is outrageously delicious!" We'll top off our tasty meal later this evening by grazing the cherry and mulberry trees. What a delicous time of year.
Some fun farm scenes from the week: - Our two year old is hard at work in his garden. He is quite proud of it and readily takes guests on a tour of what he is growing. One of his lettuces will be ready for a meal this weekend with an aunt who is visiting from Texas. - An unexpected batch of baby chicks showed up this week. A black Australorp mama has a brood of 7 little ones who look like they are of mixed descent. What fun they are to watch!