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A few years ago, I decided to plant a square-foot garden. We built a frame, improved the soil, planned our grid, and bought and planted seeds. We got some herbs and sugar snap peas. Everything else eluded us that first season. Chiggers made it hard for me to tend the plot as much as I needed to, and horn worms took care of the rest.

So over the past couple of years, I’ve only grown sugar snap peas. Their season is early enough that I don’t run into many chiggers, and I love fresh peapods. Everything else I gave up on and decided to invest that money with the Farmers’ Fresh pros instead.

mmm... peapods

mmm... peapods

Still, we’re getting back to gardening this year. I’m hoping that my husband can take over the summer gardening duties, and maybe we can grow more stuff this time It would make a good complement to the CSA subscription. We could grow stuff we really like or stuff we could freeze, like tomato sauce. I’d love to grow tomatoes and basil. After watching a pot of fresh tomatoes cook down to nothing last year, I realized you can never have too many tomatoes.

our 2x8 container garden

our 2'x8' container garden

Chris read about a system for growing potatoes. You start with one frame and keep stacking dirt and frames as the potatoes grow. Then you harvest the frames as you need them from the top. I figure it’s worth a try.

the first potato frame - sans potatoes

the first potato frame - sans potatoes

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Got my box of stuff today – a family pack plus muffins!

3/1 Family pack order

3/1 Family pack order

  • rice grits
  • Asian turnips
  • big head of leaf lettuce
  • kale
  • romaine
  • 1/2 dozen eggs
  • 1/2 dozen blueberry muffins
  • bay leaves
  • lemon thyme
  • 4 apples
  • dried red peas

The muffins are pricey, but they’re so good! My husband and I have been looking forward to them for weeks now. These are little blueberry ones. We each had one as soon as we got the box open, so there are only four in the picture.

There’ll be lots of salad this week with sliced Asian turnips. I’ll also tear up the greens and put them in with the lettuce raw for a nice mix.

Thanks to Kim’s advice, I’m willing to try kale crisps again. Probably only a small batch, though, to be safe. The rest I’ll cook with raisins and pinenuts or pasta.

I had planned to make some chicken today with leftover rosemary. Now I’ll add the lemon thyme, too. The bay leaves will have to wait for beef stew or vegetable soup.

These apples are great snacking apples. But I kind of want to try something else with them, too. Maybe I’ll cut them up and put them in a salad with the turnips. Something fun like that.

The peas and grits come from Anson Mills in South Carolina. I’m waiting for the weekly newsletter to see the suggested recipes. I’m thinking some kind of Hoppin’ John recipe maybe with thyme and a bay leaf. The Anson Mills site lists some recipes for grits and red pea gravy, but the gravy recipe sounds a little complicated for me. It calls for pureeing some of the peas, and I so hate washing my blender.

Yesterday, I visited with the farmers while they were boxing up all the items. What a huge job! I took a bunch of pictures, and I’ll post them soon.

Sadly, after my bragging about not getting a cold this season, I came down with one yesterday. So I’m happy to have all this nice produce again. Enjoy!

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