Week #19

  • Lettuce
  • Cucumbers
  • Zucchini
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Hot peppers (Serrano and Jalapeno)
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Basil
  • Kale
  • Snap Beans

We made it back from the wilds of eastern Oregon in time to do the harvest today. We had great helpers and that made the harvest go quickly and efficiently. We did not get the mother lode of cucumbers today, 469 as opposed to 500 last Sunday. The tomatoes are trickling in but promise to be good if it ever heats up. The ones outside are less of a sure deal while the ones in the greenhouse are promising.

The onions and shallots are almost ready for harvest. These will be cured and then will be able to be stored throughout the winter. The shallots are amazing, especially the “Picador” which are huge like onions but more pungent and may keep until March or April.

While away Pascal held the fort down and things look great. Oliver has decided that he likes another dog up the road and has been running away daily. Since we are home he has stuck around, but he is soon to visit the vet and get the problem fixed!

Our trip was amazing. Thanks again to David and Kristine Van Raden for planning our trip over the phone and setting us up with complete camp kitchen and water bags. We called David at the last minute and he managed to help us pull off another great last minute spectacular family trip. We spent the first three days on a raft (with no previous experience!) floating, rowing and tumbling through the rapids. We camped out every night and told scary stories at night. We then traveled to Hell’s canyon and camped with a view of the Seven Devils. We spent the last night by the Imnaha River and hiked to the blue pool. Diego and then Jacob managed to jump the 25 feet or so into the glacial river and both made it out unscathed.

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We are back now with tons of weeding and transplanting for fall. We will get it under control somehow; it sure was great to take a break!

See recipes for ideas, I am just too tired to track down more recipes, make some zucchini bread and freeze it if you can’t think of what to do with the bounty. The canning party is coming up, sign-up to reserve your spot.

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