The word of the week at Ladybug Farms is Flowers! I've been having fun harvesting a bounty of sunflowers, dahlias and zinnias to take to CSA pickups and also market. Many of sunflowers volunteered on their own from last seasons planting – they always seem to perform better than ones planted directly. On deck this week is thinning beets and transplanting watermelons, as I don’t want more than 3 plants per hill. It will probably be the last time we can mow and weedeat between the rows of later summer crops as the vines of the winter squash and sweet potatoes are really starting to run. The pole beans are flowering and should be ready to begin harvesting in a week. The okra is still a ways off but did seem to double in height since last week. All in all, summer crops doing well.
Farm Food Favorite: Sauteed Baby Beet Greens
Beet Greens are one of the most nutritious greens and are available during the summer when lettuce and many other greens run from the heat. Do one more wash on the beet greens and then cut into 1 inch pieces, stems included. Sautee in coconut oil with garlic and raisins. Enjoy!
I will see you all tomorrow at the CSA pickup from 10-12 at the Rock House Park. Please bring a bag for your goodies.