Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Summer update...

Alrighty, I updated to the new Blogger so things seems to be back in order :)  Here are those pics I wanted to post from this summer.

Starting in no real order, here is our Amaranth that we grew this year.  That is a 6 foot fence, and the catalog said they would only grow to 6 ft. so that was a fun surprise!  We had a lot of strong winds this summer and the only reason these suckers didn't blow over was because of that fence.  We harvested quite a bit from about 5 of them.  We has good intentions of harvesting from the rest but we got lazy and they went bad :(  Next year we are going to do a better job!  They were so easy to harvest from.  They don't have a hull so they are a great beginner grain.  You just rub them off the seed head and winnow them with a fan on low.  The winnowing was a lot easier then I though it would be.

Here are some of our asparagus beans.  These are fun to grown and get a lot of people to stop and look.  They have an interesting mushroom flavor to me.  They are best stir fried.

Here is a basket of our cherry tomatoes that we grow.  Green, purple, yellow, red, and orange.  These make awesome brushetta :)

Here are our favorite hot peppers, fish peppers.  They have the best flavor and make great hot pepper jelly as well as dried pepper flakes.  We entered some of these in the county fair and we are hoping to get a ribbon!

Some freshly dug Jerusalem artichokes (dirt included!).  Jerusalem artichokes are an interesting plant.  They are a member of the sunflower family and the edible tubers have a water chestnut texture.  I think the flavor is smokey, almost like they have been hickory smoked.

We tried growing Mexican sour gherkins this year which were really fun and productive but a pain in the behind to pick.

And finally a picture of our market table a couple of weeks ago.  Hope you all had a good summer!