Philosopher Alan Watts once asked, "Did you ever see a cloud that was misshapen? Did you ever seen a poorly designed wave?". I bet most, if not all, of us, would answer no. In fact, the quirkier the better, right, when it comes to clouds? I cannot remember a bad sunset, a boring sunrise, a dull mountain top, a featureless waterfall, or an uninspiring ocean-view. They're each unique.
I've found myself lately lamenting the fact that we have a late season, comparing notes to last year, wishing for those tomatoes to ripen faster, for those onions to bulb quicker, for the beans to elongate more rapidly, for the cucumbers to send out more tendrils, etc. etc. ... you get the idea. In short, I'm wishing for things to be other than what they are, forever comparing this season to those of the past. But, when I honestly think about our farm seasons, they are just like those sunsets, sunrises, and other remarkable features of Mother Nature - each unique and incredible in their own right. It puts you in a world of misery when you are always thinking about how things are "supposed to be".
Upon closer examination, by having a more evenly drawn out season as we are this year, it allows me to get more rest than in previous years (yes, that means a nap here and there!), it allows me to spend more time with our puppy and other dogs, it allows me to do yoga on a more regular basis, it allows me and Cale to enjoy our Mesa getaways rather than just feel obliged to take them, and it allows me to spend more time enjoying the garden rather than just working my tail off in the blazing heat in the garden. We're still busy, don't get me wrong, but the frantic days that seemed to match the scolding heat and were the defining feature of last summer are long gone. Not to mention, I have learned an infinite amount of things about gardening that only experience can grant you. So, who is to say what is the better season. For today, I'm very grateful to have the gift of balance - between work and home - which this season has provided and the wisdom that only this peculiar season could offer.
This said, from the garden this week, I am sorry to say that we do not have salad greens available. In the hustle and bustle that was our life about five weeks ago (think planting / seeding time), I missed a successive planting of lettuce in the hoophouse meaning that we have a shortage on salad greens for the online market this week. We do have a limited selection of red butterheads (more Batavian crisp coming in the next week or two) and some very rad iceberg lettuce heads (think wedge salad for dinner). We are VERY excited to have a limited supply of shishito and sweet banana peppers available. If you've not had shishitos before, you're about to get hooked (see recipe below)! They are the easiest of 5-minute dinners. Our first Jimmy Nardello is ripening, and many more peppers are on their way. We also have our first eggplant of the season, limited in quantity as well. The Diamond variety are larger than an Asian style eggplant, but smaller than most Italian ones. And, we have our first garden bouquets of the season available this week as well. We'll be digging up the last of the Dark Red Norlands before getting into the Mountain Rose potatoes this week, and many of your favorite roots and leafy greens are available in good supply.
This week, the rest of the garlic will be harvested - the soft neck needs just about one more week to cure. The daikon that were seeded last week started popping up just two days after being planted, the new kale bed looks beautiful, and I'll start seeding fall turnips, spinach, and kohlrabi this week.