Not me! Voles, rabbits and groundhogs are running the show this year. The critters are out maneuvering me at every step. They are exploiting any weakness in the fence they can find. If they can’t find a hole they make one. It’s been humbling. The voles and rabbits are truly bothersome but manageable. One groundhog, though, can do an amazing amount of damage. With Maya no longer here to chase them away, they’ve gotten pretty comfortable and bold. They know I’m no match for them. I’ll keep fighting the good fight but I think it’s time to adjust my mindset and acknowledge that this is a shared space in which we all belong. That said, if anyone knows of a nice fox family or pack of coyotes that are looking for a home, send them my way.
New this week: young carrots and swiss chard.
We are swimming in cucumbers and have plenty of summer squash and zucchini. This is the last of the sugar snap peas. We’ll have some lettuce and spinach but no more for at least a few weeks. It will be a light harvest for kale and collards. Beets, salad turnips, and radishes are available along with basil, cilantro and dill. Coming soon: flowers and green beans (if the groundhog doesn’t get them all first)
The heat is coming on strong for the next week or longer! Cucumbers can help beat the heat with their cool, crunchy flesh. I love a cucumber, red onion salad with a little basil or herb of choice. Easy, light, cool and tasty. They are starting to come in now and not a moment too soon. And I’ll have some basil too!
The beets are sizing up nicely and their greens are glorious so be sure to add them to your meal. A light steam or saute is all they need.
This week along with the cukes, beets and basil there will be some summer squash, kale, collards, lettuce, arugula, spinach, salad turnips, radishes, cilantro, dill, scapes and SUGAR SNAP PEAS!
A two week strawberry season is much shorter than any of us would like, but we play the hand we’re dealt. They’re sweet and tasty and they are done after tomorrow. Limited amount available 😦
Hello Hakurei salad turnip and sugar snap pea! The sugar snaps are similar to strawberries in the length of their harvest, usually two weeks and I have a very limited supply. Knowing that makes them taste even better. There are giant heads of romaine lettuce and red leaf, and what may be the last week of spinach and arugula if we get many hot days next week. Also on this week’s list are radishes, kale, collards, garlic scapes, cilantro and dill.
It’s was such pleasure to see you last week, masks and all. Hope you’ll visit again tomorrow. Open 11am – 6pm
I was so excited to let you know Stone’s Throw is opening tomorrow that I forget the most important part……the strawberries are in. Juicy, ripe, organic strawberries await you tomorrow. The season for these beauties is way too short, so get them while you can!
Hey folks! As promised, Stones Throw Garden will be open with an exclusive (small) variety of vegetables and flowers on Fridays from 11 am until 6 pm. It will not be as large as my markets of yesteryear in variety or volume but I’ll have all basics as the season progresses. This Friday, 6/19 we will have: large and lovely heads of lettuce, spinach, arugula, garlic scapes, Spring garlic, radishes and a few bunches of kale and collards.
Next week the summer squash and sugar snap peas should start producing. In the coming weeks as the garden fills in there will be cucumbers, carrots, beets, green beans, escarole, cabbage, bok choy, swiss chard, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes (of course!), watermelons, potatoes, garlic, herbs, winter squash, and lots of flowers.
Covid 19 precautions are in effect and customers are required to wear masks. I’ll supply hand sanitizer and I ask that everyone use some upon entering. Only two customers in the spring house at a time. Please bring your own reusable bags. Cash, check and Venmo accepted but no credit cards this year.
We are opening this summer with a limited amount of produce and flowers but also with a limited crew. Without our faithful ambassador, partner and dog, Maya, it will not be the same. We vow to carry on fearlessly in her memory.
We are having ourselves a good old fashioned winter, aren’t we? Maybe with this abundant indoor time you’re able to get some good reading done or at least advance a few levels on Candy Crush. Either way, I hope everyone is in good spirits and good health.
Asha Gala,Nutritional Education Trainer
Asha Gala is a Nutritional Education Trainer based here in Lebanon Township, NJ. She is also a longtime Stone’s Throw Garden member and supporter. She has been Mark and I’s friend and Coach in teaching us the wonders of whole plant base foods on our health. She is a fantastic and fascinating person.
Asha is having an open house on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 2 to 4pm at her lovely and large home at 15 Windy Heights Rd, Califon, NJ 07830. She promises to include a free health/nutrition education class and a chance to sample foods. For more info and directions: http://ashagala.com. ” No commitments or fees, just tasty, healthy, whole plant-based foods!”
Mark and I will be there and we hope you will be too. I have an abundance of exciting garden news coming very soon.
It’s time to put the garden to rest for the winter. Today and tomorrow are my final open days. I am open today until 6pm. and on Saturday from 10am. – 3pm.
The greens are still lovely and worth one last trip to the garden.
If I don’t get a chance to say goodbye in person, let me wish you all a cozy, healthy winter . It’s been a real treat to meet so many new people this year and share the bounty of the garden with you. To all of my old friends who have been so supportive for so many years, I can’t thank you enough.
I’d love your comments on this season. Did this new way work for you, or do you prefer the CSA model I used previously? Did you have any favorite veggies? Any areas that need improvement? All comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.
I’ll send a post now and again this winter to let you know how next year’s season is shaping up.