Running on Fumes

| 7/7/2011 12:48:47 AM

Tags: summer, canning, gardening, Sherry Leverich Tucker,


bugThe month of June left me completely exhausted. I am hopeful that July will have a little more mercy on me. June is filled with a convergence of many summertime activities: kids functions, family get-togethers, livestock shows, wedding cakes, camps, and the county fair. Yes, I know, I haven't even mentioned the garden end of the spectrum. June is when the weeds really start taking over and need to be controlled, bugs are getting thicker, everything that is going to be planted needs to be planted, harvesting begins, and the farmers market really gets going. Throw in building a72 foot long hoophouse, and expanding the garden and we're talking about serious overload.

I am Mom, too. Meals, maintaining my kitchen and laundry seem to be never ending tasks. Never the less, I am not complaining; for most of these chores and events are not daunting to me, in fact, I thoroughly enjoy each opportunity and experience that comes our way. I just, at times, get overwhelmed.

Harvest, Yes! 

Right now our garden is exploding, and I hope and expect that yours is, too! The potatoes, onions and beets are coming to their fruition. We have been harvesting them all and they are all selling well at the market, especially the potatoes when coupled with a mess of freshly picked green beans. My mom and I are selling both Roma style and (my favorite) Top Crop green beans. Buyers at the market are hungry for those home-grown green beans and are anticipating those vine ripened tomatoes. There are a couple of sellers with tomatoes now (and they sell out fast), but ours will be late this year.

We are also picking fresh burpless and pickling cukes, along with several varieties of summer squash.My mom is trying a variety new to us, an italian zuchinni that long with beautiful dark and light green stripes. I love burpless cucumbers and always look forward to the first ones every summer. Funny thing about cucumbers is that it doesn't seem to matter how well we pick them over, there are always several that get overlooked and become huge whales. Oh well, that is why we have pigs for the summer, ehh?

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