Wednesday, July 27, 2011

a midsummer garden

we had a heat wave a week ago, same as the rest.  it did a number on our crops, but overall everything is doing well.  the heat bolted lots of lettuces, broccoli, herbs and burnt the roma green  beans (luckily we already picked the majority of them). the high temperatures also stunted the growth of the second plantings of green beans, spinach and edamame.  
so... the past few shares have consisted of zukes, mesclun, new potatoes, beans, lettuces, broccoli, bok choi, kale, chard and various herbs.  we've been busy squishing beetles on our edamame and potatoes, keeping an eye out for hornworms, and watering plants.

beautiful kale

autumn crops have dominated our garden thoughts lately.  we planted some super sugar snap peas for the fall, and loads of plug trays full of brassicas (who isn't smitten for fall kale?!) and lettuces.  but that seems far off, because next week we're expecting the first tomatoes, and soon after the first planting of corn and edamame. those are some high ticket crops!
also, the firecracker sunflowers are coming up - yowza! 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

easy great northern bean dip

this is an easy, hummus-like dip that's delicious on some focaccia, or other bread.  it's also using the beans that we grew in the garden and put in the shares.  we're getting in bean mode these days, so

1 1/2 c gn beans
2 - 4 tbs yogurt
4 tbs olive oil
jalepeno pepper  (3-7 slices, diced)
1-2 tsp rosemary (to taste. parsley would be a good replacement)
1/2 tsp cumin
2 tsp garlic (4-6 cloves chopped)
1 tbsp lemon juice (to taste)
s+p to taste

soak the beans over night (or quick cook them if you prefer).  drain them and put them in 7or 8 c of water over medium heat for 40-45min - until soft.  in a food processor, fill half with beans.  add the rest of the ingredients and blend.  taste it as you go along, so you can decide if it is too flavorful or not enough.  add tsps of warm water to make the dip creamier, and more gn beans to thicken it.