June has been an odd month for us. It seems like we had clouds and rain for just about every day the first 28 days of the month. Last Friday we got one of those big Minnesota plains storms in the city. The kind the were fun and exciting as children before you knew something could really happen to your house. Anyway, we were not in the danger zone but there were several tornado hot zones around us. Proeun was driving bus that night and kept getting calls from dispatch warning him not to drive through water. Apparently in some areas man hole covers were missing. Yes the sewers filled up with enough water and pressure to push the covers up and flot them away.
Luckily the next week is supposed to be beautiful growing weather, mid-80s and clear.
Today were out doing field estimates on one of my summer favorites–zucchini. They are “coming on” nicely we just have one problem gopher to deal with. The little bugger chewed through 9 of our plants in a row leaving the whole top above ground to wither and wilt. Hopefully the traps will get him.
It’s hard to believe that just about a month ago these were baby plants, sometimes the life cycle is just too fast on a farm. But I suppose it has to be in our short growing season.
Mavis was enjoying copying Mommy and Bpa out there counting and making notes. By the way the dress she is wearing is my new favorite. My mother has really gotten into quilting but after a couple actual quilts she wanted to try some techniques on a more fun project and this dress was born. Avril is anxiously waiting for hers, but in the meantime it seems like the perfect little farm girl dress for my current youngest. Too bad I didn’t get her with her dad’s hat but the batteries were dying.
Today also held some weeding before a couple of big harvesting and packing days.
For lunch I sauted up some swiss chard with garlic and a dash of white balsamic vinegar. I then beat a couple of eggs and seasoned with salt and pepper. Then I poured the eggs over the greens for a quick scramble.
We also sliced zucchini about 1/2 -3/4 inch thick, drizzled olive oil and sprinkled salt on them and put them in the toaster oven at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. They were perfect, tender and sweet with just a hint of salt. Summer eating sure is good. The whole meal took me 10 minutes to prepare from chopping to eating.