Our firecrackers are just getting going!

 These are  Bulgarian Carrot Chile Peppers from Hudson Valley Seed.   "A spectacularly cute hot pepper, each about 2- to 2½-inches long, with extremely shiny skin and a carrot-like form. Its fun shape belies its heat, which is significant."  When mature, its color ranges from gold to deep orange. Happy 4th of July to all!

These are Bulgarian Carrot Chile Peppers from Hudson Valley Seed.  "A spectacularly cute hot pepper, each about 2- to 2½-inches long, with extremely shiny skin and a carrot-like form. Its fun shape belies its heat, which is significant."  When mature, its color ranges from gold to deep orange. Happy 4th of July to all!

The scapes are up....

 and that means Garlic Fest is not far behind!  What elegant looking dividends from our garlic plants...and so tender and delicious! Chef Payson at Calihan Catering is pickling them and making incredible compound butters. Thank you, Chef!

and that means Garlic Fest is not far behind!  What elegant looking dividends from our garlic plants...and so tender and delicious! Chef Payson at Calihan Catering is pickling them and making incredible compound butters. Thank you, Chef!

Peas...

 are a cool season crop and are usually planted in the early spring.  This year's crazy spring weather prevented us from planting these until late April.  Although they don't usually thrive in hot weather, I have found if they are well watered, they continue to produce. 

are a cool season crop and are usually planted in the early spring.  This year's crazy spring weather prevented us from planting these until late April.  Although they don't usually thrive in hot weather, I have found if they are well watered, they continue to produce. 

At last!

 We planted the orchard in 2014 and were worried that we may have put it too close to the Black Walnut trees in the woods. But this Bartlett pear tree is finally producing its first fruits!  Aren't they lovely?

We planted the orchard in 2014 and were worried that we may have put it too close to the Black Walnut trees in the woods. But this Bartlett pear tree is finally producing its first fruits!  Aren't they lovely?

Horseradish!

 John really enjoys his ‘gator,’ riding around the property and checking on the different plantings.  This weekend the horseradish was in bloom. What an interesting plant…a member of the Brassicaceae family and a relative to plants such as mustard, broccoli, kale, and radishes. It is cultivated for its thick, fleshy white roots.  The “hotness” from horseradish comes from isothiocyanate, a volatile compound that, when oxidized by air and saliva, generates the “heat” that some people claim clears out their sinuses. The bite and aroma of the horseradish root are almost absent until it is grated or ground. During this process, as the root cells are crushed, isothiocyanates are released. Vinegar stops this reaction and stabilizes the flavor. For milder horseradish, vinegar is added   immediately .     (horseradish.org)

John really enjoys his ‘gator,’ riding around the property and checking on the different plantings.  This weekend the horseradish was in bloom. What an interesting plant…a member of the Brassicaceae family and a relative to plants such as mustard, broccoli, kale, and radishes. It is cultivated for its thick, fleshy white roots.

The “hotness” from horseradish comes from isothiocyanate, a volatile compound that, when oxidized by air and saliva, generates the “heat” that some people claim clears out their sinuses. The bite and aroma of the horseradish root are almost absent until it is grated or ground. During this process, as the root cells are crushed, isothiocyanates are released. Vinegar stops this reaction and stabilizes the flavor. For milder horseradish, vinegar is added immediately

(horseradish.org)

I'm not very good about thinning my seedlings....

 and I know all the reasons we need to do it!  I just don't like deciding who stays and who goes! They're   all   precious to me...I've raised them! In this case, I waited too long to thin the radishes...but it was a happy mistake.  These have provided beautiful garnishes for this weekend's meals. Let's hope the others, left in the ground, will plump up and become beautiful little globes.

and I know all the reasons we need to do it!  I just don't like deciding who stays and who goes! They're all precious to me...I've raised them! In this case, I waited too long to thin the radishes...but it was a happy mistake.  These have provided beautiful garnishes for this weekend's meals. Let's hope the others, left in the ground, will plump up and become beautiful little globes.

Row 7

 My seeds arrived from this exciting new seed company! Row 7 was created by chefs and seed breeders to put  flavor  at the center of any seed development. They describe it as "a collaboration—a cross-pollination—based on a simple premise: we believe flavor can succeed where commodification has failed. That it can change how we eat and, in turn, how we grow."  Can't wait to get these in the ground!

My seeds arrived from this exciting new seed company! Row 7 was created by chefs and seed breeders to put flavor at the center of any seed development. They describe it as "a collaboration—a cross-pollination—based on a simple premise: we believe flavor can succeed where commodification has failed. That it can change how we eat and, in turn, how we grow."  Can't wait to get these in the ground!