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June 8 Garden Snapshot

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Diversity is starting to pick up in our fresh garden produce.  Sunday, we ate the first dozen red raspberries along with a bowl of shelling peas.  The strawberries are hitting the end of their season, as is the lettuce and spinach, but greens and snow peas and shiitakes are still barreling along.  Meanwhile, our squashes and green beans all show signs of blooms.

Mark and I have an interesting philosophy on freshness of food.  I believe in picking fruits and vegetables moments before we pop them in our mouths, and we've found that many of them taste just as good or better raw.  There's nothing quite like fresh shelling peas slipped out of the pod with your teeth.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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You're making my mouth water with just the photo of fresh peas, much less talking about them. My pea plants are completely pathetic. :-( They've finally set flowers, but they are just pathetic.
Comment by Jennifer Mon Jun 8 13:15:58 2009

Peas, peas, peas! I wonder if you planted yours too late? They need to go in early because once it really gets hot, they're toast.

That said, some varieties just do better than others. Our Mammoth Melting Sugar snow peas are amazing --- they're already nearly out of my reach. Next week I may need a stepladder to pick them!

Comment by anna Mon Jun 8 18:03:16 2009

Raw okra straight from the garden is my favorite vegetable (possibly favorite food) in the whole world! Most of it gets eaten on the way to the house. Most of our okra seed rotted in the ground (we think) since it rained for about 2 weeks straight after we put it in. The neighbors all replanted theirs but no one told us :( We have a couple dozen plants, hopefully enough for next year's seed.

We ate the first 30 or 40 blackberries (I think, maybe some other kind of black berry) tonight. I ate a few myself and divvied the rest among my kids. They were thrilled :D

Comment by Lindsey in AL Mon Jun 8 21:57:29 2009
I like my okra very slightly steamed whole. Pure rapture! I used to think I hated okra when I'd only had it fried. You might be okay replanting still --- it'll grow fast in this warm weather if you give it some water.
Comment by anna Tue Jun 9 08:48:07 2009

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