Spring vegetables are the best!
There is nothing like those first vegetables of the season, and farm dog Luke agrees! Longtime readers have seen how much Luke loves green beans, but I’d say fresh sugar snap peas are a close second if not equal.
I love to munch on them myself and put them in salads as well. Next up I’ll be trying to roast some in the oven, something I haven’t tried yet. This year’s crop is outdoing itself and I soon realized I needed to do something more than just use them for snacks and Luke’s homemade food. Luckily, they can also be easily frozen for later use as well.
I’m also selling ½ pound bags at the shop. Of course, I had to get Luke’s permission to do so, since mostly I planted them for him. 😊 In other early harvest news, we’ve had lettuce and kale (the latter also goes in Luke’s food). Those two crops don’t always do well for me, but I decided to just throw a few seeds in this year anyway. Go figure, when I’m not really trying, things do better!
We are finally getting much-needed rain which followed a short heat wave (not nearly as bad as what they got in the Northwest though). The gardens are appreciating that; unfortunately, the weeds are as well, and I don’t have a lot of free time for weeding! I’ll just plug away at it all summer, the same as I do every year.
In other farm news, the new batch of chicks and keets have moved into the coop. We kept them in the house a little longer than planned, but the truth is I enjoy having them in there, listening to them chirping when I wake up and getting to see them more throughout the evenings. However, eventually they start to make too much of a mess so it’s time to go.
We have our first laying hen out of the other chicks we hatched earlier in the spring. Cleo has been quite consistent with her laying since she started, though her eggs are still on the small side (which is normal for new layers). She is a bit older than the next ones up to start, but I expect they will join in soon. Egg sales have been prolific lately, so we need those newbies on the job!
I had a wonderful time on my trip to Maine, and I am taking an extra day off for the 4th of July weekend.
Other than that, it’s back to work at the shop and on the farm and enjoying the evenings out on our deck when it’s not raining. That will be the norm for the rest of the summer!