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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

This Week on the Farm

a lunch mostly from the garden

I know, it's just a backyard garden. Sometimes, though, it does feel a bit like I'm a farmer. Here's what I've been harvesting this week:

garlic scapes to saute with greens

assorted cooking greens

assorted salad greens

rosemary for a lentil salad

lots and lots of cherries right now

the tale end of the strawberry season

raspberries just beginning to ripen

black currants for a syrup
 to flavor tea or lemonade

Every morning, I check what is ready to harvest and then pick as much as I think we can eat for the day or I want to put away for winter. The cherries are abundant, so I'm picking however much I feel like pitting to dehydrate. Harvesting is the reward for hours of planting, pruning, weeding, and watering. And when I can make a lunch like we had yesterday, with salad greens, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, pickled figs, and rosemary lentils, I know the work is all worth it.

I hope your week is off to a great start!


  1. Your produce looks delicious. My sister has a bumper garlic crop this year and she made pesto with some of her scapes that was quite good. Today from our produce, I'm going to make a beet and pecan salad. However, I'm still looking forward to that first ripe tomato. Nothing tastes better than a fresh tomato sandwich.

    1. Hi Live and Learn,
      pesto from garlic scapes sound really tasty. Your sister must have a huge amount of garlic. I usually get enough for one family meal.
      I'm looking forward to tomatoes, too. When will you get your first ripe one? In my garden, I'm lucky to get a ripe tomato by the end of July. Many years, they don't ripen until August.
      Beet and pecan salad sounds delicious. Enjoy it!

  2. It looks so good! My husband would be jealous of your cherry tree. :) Are they sweets or sours? Meanwhile, I'm jealous of your raspberries. Our canes got old and weren't really producing so we got rid of them. Our strawberries are winding down for the season. The snap peas are producing vigorously, we are still getting lettuce, and we are getting some greens. It's nice to eat fresh produce this time of year. We'll call you Farmer Lili.

    1. Hi Kris,
      both our cherry trees are sweet cherries. But one tree has good cherries when they're underripe, too. So, we eat them not so sweet in the early season. That's too bad about your raspberries. Maybe you'll be gifted with some fresh canes at some point. I love raspberries, too. I had a handful in my yogurt this morning. They're good for cognitive function and I need all the help I can get in that area. Snap peas sound delicious! I didn't plant peas this year -- bunnies! Enjoy yours.

  3. Hi lilli, wow your harvest looks very delicious. I have many cherries, too. I freeze a lot for later.I dry the stem from the cherries for tea. I hope all is well. Greetings from Germany

    1. Hi friend,
      Wow! I have never heard of cherry stem tea. Thank you for sharing this. I'm going to save and dry the stems from the cherries I pit for drying. This is such a great tip. I love learning ways to use things that I would normally throw away. Thank you!

  4. Your lunch looks delicious. Did you just add rosemary in the water to cook the lentils?

    1. Hi Ruthie,
      the rosemary lentils are very easy. I write up how I make them tomorrow. :)

  5. Oh, how wonderful! I love seeing all the variety, especially in the fruit. We're harvesting like crazy and I'm making a point of trying to eat and serve several of our fruit/veggie servings from the garden (mostly veggies at this point) daily. Also busy preserving for winter.

    1. Hi Cat,
      Good for you getting a lot preserved for winter. I'm just starting in that area. Thanks for the little push!


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