The tomatoes are on in full force now and this share feels like a transition toward the serious summer crops, with peppers coming on too. During these first weeks of harvest the tomatoes are so big and so beautiful. They would be awesome on a sandwich, salad, or made into a fresh salsa. Maybe saute up the green pepper, onion and zucchini and then add the tomato in at the end for a summer side dish, or a fresh sauce to go over pasta. We did this last week and blended it just a bit with the immersion blender for better uptake among the kids. Or you could put all of your summer veggies into a frittata or egg bake, something like this:
Salsa verde mix bags are back again this year! These bags contain all the veggies you need to make a tasty salsa verde - tomatillos, jalapeno, onion and garlic. It would be really good with cilantro too, but that is tough to have in the heat of the summer here. I love roasting my veggies first and then blending them together. If you need more inspiration, here's a good post on salsa verde:
I've been mostly thankful for all of the rain we've had over the last few weeks. Just in the last few days it's starting to feel like a bit too much. We need to harvest our storage onions this week and they don't cure as well if it's been wet before harvest. We can't leave them too long in the field either, so we started our harvest of those today even though it was really too wet. The lettuces that we grow through the season are starting to get some bottom rot from all the moisture, but since we have so many of them it still seems like we are harvesting enough. All in all it's much better to be getting a little too much rain in July than not enough. It's great to not be running the water constantly, but the weeds are getting a little crazy in some spots. Thankfully, we are at the point in the season where we are mowing and tarping several fields to prepare for fall plantings. It seems crazy since we are the in the middle of summer, but we'll start planting for fall later this month and will be nearly finished planting for the year by mid-September. These seasons seem to spin by faster and faster each year!