I can’t seem to get any variety of canning/plum tomatoes to work in my garden. I’ve tried San Marzano. This year it was Opalaka. I can’t even remember what I did last year. And, I think there was a Roma in there somewhere. The always get diseased more than any other variety and if the ripen at all it’s very late. I think I got three tomatoes off of two plants this year. See below. Ugly!
I’m super behind in posting, but I wanted to get one out today. The first frost came super early this year, knocked out my fall green beans, the last of the tomatoes, and the peppers… before they even turned red. My fall pea plants have not produced a single pea. However pea tendrils are always delicious… if you have the patience to pick them. Here they are with sliced flat iron steak and parsnip puree from homegrown parsnips. The tendrils are sauteed very quickly with EVOO, salt, and pepper and tossed with lemon juice before serving.
So, if you don’t know, a meat share is like a farming coop… but for meat. I’ve been looking for one for a while. But they either aren’t accepting new people, are crazy expensive, or you mostly get ground meat. But I think I’ve found what I’m looking for.
I just joined Walden Local Meats. This was my first meal. Flank steak with parsnip puree from homegrown parsnips and homegrown sauteed pea tendrils. The best flank steak I’ve ever had.
Fresh in season tomatoes with relatively thin skins are really easy to use for a quick sauce no peeling (concaseeing) involved. Dice and saute in a hot pan with toasted garlic. Add basil and parsley at the end as needed. They start out quite liquidy, but cook down nicely. And you’re not likely to even notice the skin.
My fruit trees were planted in Nov. of 2016 as one year old whips. They grew some the first year but have gone crazy this year. Some are challenging and not meeting my expectations. But all in all, they are doing great. A few are actually fully covering their section of wire. I’m anticipating getting a decent harvest next year… if I can figure out how to effectively net them.
So the lettuce finally came in. So, not counting my cucumber panzanella, this is my first salad totally from the garden. (Except for the salami — my wife won’t let me get pigs… yet.) Salad, breakfast of champions.
Also, we’ve had torrential rain the last week or so. Many of my beautiful sungold toms have split even though I harvest daily. It happens. Don’t’ toss them. Make a salad or oven roast them and put them under oil. They’ll last months. More on that later.