What a great (yet short) growing season this year, and we had another bountiful harvest. It was such a nice experience to gather the lettuces in the warm sunlight, give them a good rinse, and show up on a neighbor's doorstep with a bag of fresh-picked, crispy salad greens. It's always wonderful to see people receive their share with bright smiles, and brimming with gratitude. That's the great thing about running a community vegetable garden...giving it away. That's what our Around The Block Farm is all about - providing access to our crops for whomever desires to pick some veggies to eat.
The lettuces bolted a bit early in the season, but that's the risk we run when the temperatures can fluctuate between extremes out here in this high desert climate. We had some really hot Summer days, and even the shade cloth wouldn't have made much of a difference. Oh well, at least we reaped plenty of greens this year before the plants "did their thing" to survive by flowering.
The red tomatoes this year were excellent, and they were so juicy and sweet. They were so great on sandwiches, in pasta sauces, and even fresh off the vine. The temperatures began to reach freezing in the beginning of October, and that was it for the tomatoes.
The kale was great as always, and Briana was happy to bake her famous, absolutely delicious Kale chips this year. She has gotten her amazing seasoning down to a science, and it really adds so much flavor. I could have been quite fine with just eating my wife's fresh kale chips all day every day. Totally delectable!