Since we have had so much trouble with late blight these past four years, sadly I have had to move away from planting some of my favorites because they just get wiped out too easily. This year I have planted several "blight resistant" varieties outside, along with a couple of varieties I have found stand up to blight better. The hoop house is all non resistant varieties, but hopefully the plastic cover will keep the leaves a little drier and therefore a bit more protected from evil spores. Zach and I will be taste testing the new varieties to make sure they are up to our standards. Mostly, I planted a myriad of red slicing tomatoes, but here are a few that stand out visually:
Left: Mountain Magic--new to me this year and I love them! Sweet AND blight resistant
Right: Juliet--sweet, but not too juicy, great for sauce, salads or just popping them in your mouth
You may not want to hear it, but the ugliest tomatoes in the crate will be the tastiest. Heirlooms are hard to grow because they tend to crack, "catface" or have green shoulders. Don't be shy, give them a try--you won't be disappointed.
Left: Pruden's Purple--Brandywine type, sweet and meaty
Right: Black Krim/Black from Tula--Russian heirlooms, yummy yum yum!
I have a yellow heirloom out there too, but they have not ripened yet--
Manyel--"Many Moons", thought to be of Native American origin
PYO Flower Garden
Pink: Lisianthus--harvest when flowers are open
Purple: Heliotrope--fragrant and beautiful
This Week's Bounty: lettuce, kale, beets with greens, cabbage, edemame soybeans, tomatoes, melons (half shares--hopefully I will be able to pick enough for all this week, if not, next...), peppers/eggplants/broccoli? zukes, cukes, ss, herbs...enjoy!
1. pluck all the pods from the stem and rinse--do NOT shell b4 cooking!
2. place entire pod in boiling salty water
3. lightly boil until the bean softens to your liking
4. pull pod through your teeth
**you may toss cooked pods with olive oil and garlic so when you pull it through your teeth, you get he flavor.
** you may pop the beans from the cooked pods into salads, pasta...
Zuchinni Pie--Just like Apple pie!!!!