Thursday, July 14, 2011

The Waxing of Summer

 Like the slow phases of the moon, the summer harvest season seems to creep into existence every year. Spring harvest always feels like a little miniature firework, with peas, salad greens and other cool spring crops all exploding into readiness with amazing speed, giving way to a torrent of each, but Summer?

Summer harvest is more like the distant approach of a thunderstorm. You can see it on the horizon, and hear soft rumbling as it echos across the land, heralding the onslaught of overabundance. You know that you planted your tomatoes to close together again, or your cucumber trellises will never stand up to the size the plants have gotten. You know that you're going to have more than enough produce, and yet there's always this uncertainty. As the storm comes ever closer and closer, you might be plagued by cucumber beetles, or a sudden drought (or both, thank you very much, 2011!) and your confidence waivers until at last *KAPOW!*

It's here!

Tanglewood Farm is currently harvesting:
  • Lemon Boy Tomatoes
  • Baby Cucumbers
  • Lettuce, Lettuce, Lettuce
  • Spinach
  • Shelling Peas
  • Snap Peas
  • String Beans
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Raspberries
  • Late Strawberries
  • Black Raspberries
  • Radishes
  • Swiss Chard
  • New Potatoes
  • Quail Eggs
  • Duck Eggs
Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! This is just the beginning, but with the crack and crumble of the breaking of the flood gates (Gertrude Stein?), summer harvest has begun and it won't let up until frost!

Are you ready for your summer harvest? What are you currently harvesting, and what are you looking forward to in the next few weeks?

Just a reminder, we sell our produce locally from our farm. Not all of the things I listed above are available in great abundance yet, and I tend to covet our berry harvests for preserves, but if you are looking for a local resource of no-spray, heirloom vegetables let me know and I'll be happy to hook you up!


  1. Appreciated your lovely prose while impressed with your harvest list! Here in what has been an incredibly rainy southern Ohio, all we have to harvest this week is potatoes and the crop is especially heavy!

    Intrigued that you have duck and quail eggs. We are considering producing duck eggs although my husband had planned on the ducks for meat. The decision has to come soon since our ducklings are growing fast. Do you primarily use their eggs for baking? I've heard they're perfect for giving loft to cakes. The grandchildren and I really like cake!

  2. your list of produce is impressive and lovely. i certainly wish i was close enough to visit you at the market. what a beautiful post.

  3. It' soooo slooooow. Son of Rabbit Kong is getting a lovely harvest of string beans, and kindly leaving about a third of them for me. Plenty of herbs, but everything else is just creeping along. I just know everything will need to be harvested at once.