I am so excited to say that "harvest" is the word of the week in the garden! Well, "harvest" and "weeds" but lets focus on the harvest shall we? (I will focus on the weeds, just as soon as it stops raining here - we're in a bit of a wet spell.) And what are we harvesting?
Coming out of the garden and going into our mouths and also into jars are so many bush beans. So many, and so many more to come! But that's a great thing because fermented dilly beans are a favorite here. I make them quite simply, with water and sea salt brine plus herbs and spices in Fido jars - The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz is a great reference if you're interested.
Raspberries are ready! And I'm so hopeful that there will be some for freezing, though at this point it's a bit of an all you can eat buffet out there for the kids, and I'm perfectly fine with that.
Lots of peas are ready too - both shelling and snap pea. And of course many, many greens. My goodness, I am so in love with the meal preparation that we have this time of year. Lunches become so simple with popcorn (naturally), hard boiled eggs (I'm a convert to steaming them), and whatever fruit and vegetable is fresh coming out of the garden. And dinner is inevitably some variation of a salad - with meat or beans or bread. Ah...summertime food is such a delight (and a delight to prepare!).
Oh, and I managed to squeeze in one more round of Elderflower something or other before the rain and while still leaving lots of berries for use later. Elderflower champagne is now in its last stretch of fermenting and I am so excited to see how that turns out.
The sky is clearing today, and cooler temperatures are arriving. It's going to be a lovely day for getting caught up in the garden, I do believe. And I wish you a lovely day in yours!
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