Green Candy. We’ve only had Sugar Snap Peas this early once in our 15 years, and we’ll have them for a while—this is only our first planting. Enjoy!
THIS WEEK’S SUBSCRIBER MENU:
• Sugar Snap Peas
• Stir-Fry Greens
• Beet Greens
• Spring Mix with Nasturtium Flowers
• Green Onions
• Baby Turnips
Click on the links above for information and recipes about these crops.
Well, the rumors were true. For the second occasion in our history, we have Sugar Snap Peas ready during our Spring Season. They will be sweeter next week, after some temperatures above 70°—there are LOTS still coming on those plants. You can steam or sauté them if you wish, but we end up eating them fresh.
I’ve had a lot of questions about the turnips. Some folks think they’re radishes, because the leaves are kind of radishy, but they are a special type of turnip, originally from Japan. There are several varieties now, but they’re referred to as “Tokyo Market”, or “Hakurei”, among other names. They are special because they are sweeter and more tender than typical purple-top turnips. They also have a slightly fruity flavor. Eat them raw in place of radishes, or steam, grill, or gently sauté them. They don’t need much cooking like a big, coarse, winter turnip.
We’ve got Cilantro, Dill, and Basil on the way. The spring mix is coming along steadily, so hopefully we’ll have it until the full-sized lettuces come along in a few weeks. The new spinach patch is coming. The new carrots are taking longer than we like, but they’ll be along in time.
Here’s a hint that summer is nearly here:
The wild blackberries are starting to bloom. This is where our serious nectar flow for honey lies. Also several weeks earlier than last year.
Blackberries are blooming! They’re coming on about a month earlier than last year. The bees know it—one of my hives swarmed on Monday, and it’s killing me that it hasn’t been warm enough to go in and check all the hives out and make sure they’re content. I sure don’t want to lose any now that the real nectar flow is about to come on.
This is the busiest time for us, so I apologize if I don’t get back to you right away. And I will be SO glad when school is finally out and we can switch to our summer routine!