Saturday, July 11, 2009

Farmer's Market

Our farmer's market featured blueberries, cherries and corn from Vincennes, IN which is about 150 miles away. Not as local as it could be, but the market is new this year and features only a few vendors. We were talked into the cantaloupe. I've never particularly liked cantaloupe, but apparently they are far better if you buy them direct rather than in supermarkets. I'll let you know what we find out!

Bernie enjoys the corn husks:

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Community Supported Fisheries

Heard a story on NPR this afternoon about using the Community Supported Agriculture model for fisheries in the north east.

Buying and eating fish always stresses me out because of the double worries about health and environmental consequences. The long-lasting guilt factor alone limits my sushi intake to about twice a year.

This seems like a possible solution to the environmental issues at least and, according to the story, the group organizing the program provides education for their consumers so they should have a place to go to get health questions answered. It has been well received with 500 people on a wait list to join the program.

Check it out!

Garden status

Our garden, and lots of weeds, are growing. We are experimenting with hay mulch in the tomato patch (which has 27 plants at last count). Apparently, if the hay is thick enough - piled about 8 inches to start - even the seeds within the hay will not be able to grow.

This plant is a muskmellon called Vine Peach, which is an old fruit - good for jellies. We read that it is small and so aromatic that ladies would carry it in their pockets as a perfume in the days before regular bathing.

Corn - chest high by the 1st of July:

Not including the 27 intended tomato plants, we have a bunch of "volunteer" plants (as Bill calls them) growing in last year's garden. While the entire space has been devoted to squash and corn this year, we grew seriously yum heirloom tomatoes in this spot last year and are hoping the plants produce a repeat harvest.

Of course, Bill and Sugar spend much of their days being very cute: