Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Pretty much best for endurance-building at the gym; there's mental trickery involved in doing anything hard and edgy. My friend and I were both a bit underachieving.
We love this early fall-type atmosphere. It doesn't seem to be diminishing the farmers' tables; the potato guy from eastern Washington was offering about fifteen different types of spuds, so I got a sample of the "all reds", red skin and rosy flesh. Favorite fish monger was out of smoked salmon; he told me he has been smoking a thousand pounds at a time, and selling it at the big weekend markets. He did lower his fresh fish prices on the six-hour-old chunks he had on hand, though. One produce guy was selling small French melons he compared to cantaloupes, so for a small price I got one for our weekend pleasure. Once again, the doughnut peaches, evidently known as "fig peaches" in the Middle East, where they originated, were irresistable, along with their neighboring pluots.
We have purple Guatemalan fava beans developing, which I hope will be harvestable. Only one little cherry tomato thus far, but there are many on the plant. Our garlic is quite diminutive, not sure why.


Blogger robin andrea said...

When did you plant the garlic? We always followed the "plant on the shortest day of the year, and harvest on the longest" until we moved to Washington. Then, we had to push the planting much earlier, like in October. Then we would harvest in July.

The weather is unreliable, and yes starting to feel dystopic.

8:41 AM  
Blogger isabelita said...

Oh, that might explain the garlic's size; I put it in in early May.
Well, we don't have the crappy atmosphere of the Jurassic era yet, but it's coming...

10:44 AM  
Anonymous phil said...

A guy on my plane to Milwaukee last Sunday said he plants an array of different varieties of garlic in the fall.

3:38 PM  

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