I am on 'vacation' this week--taking time off before starting a new job next week. Mark took two weeks off during the first part of July and spent his time building a walk-in cooler as well as 'playing' in the greenhouses and gardens. Today was the day I proclaimed that I would go 'somewhere'--maybe Mt. Rainier or the ocean. But when it came to the decision, I really just wanted to stay here on the farm. it's a cloudy day--perfect for planting--just me and my dog Max and 120 lettuce and broccoli plants to go in the ground. The farm is like being on a hike and camping trip without the crowds and with great kitchen and bathroom amenities. I fixed one of my favorite meals--mixed greens stir fried with a little onion, bacon fat (yep--I use it occasionally!), red pepper and lemon juice. And, just like any good resort vacation, I'll spend time on the deck in a lounge chair reading a book.
This past week, Mark picked the first cucumbers and zucchini--a 5-gallon bucket of each. He said it was the best time he has had in a long time. Thus begins the MASSIVE harvest of zucchini, cucumbers, and very other vegetable we have planted. Last year, I nearly went crazy trying to pick it all and use it or find someone who could use it. Thankfully, we have CSA boxes this year which provide a wonderful end point for many of these vegetables. That said, I will continue my path of learning to let go when some vegetables don't get eaten by somebody.
Mom in the 'pea jungle'.