The harvest

We don’t grow many vegetables due to space constraints but in the coolness of a New England spring, leaf-lettuce is one we can depend on even in the heat of summer if we are careful.  We have enjoyed the bounty of our lettuce crop for lunch and dinner for several weeks.

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Lettuce is so easy to grow! We plant trays of lettuce as early as we can in as many places as we can. Some grow in full sun for cool weather picking and others grow in containers with annuals, both sunny and shady. They look pretty and we can harvest a few leaves at a time but never more than half the plant.

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IMG_2963We planted as much as we could around the tomatoes. With dappled afternoon shade beneath the tomato plants, they’ve thrived during our current heat spell with temps in the 90’s.  That’s NOT the weather lettuce likes.

lettuce and tomatoes

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Despite watering, some lettuce in full sun has begun to show signs of growing tall in the heat. So we harvested much of this lettuce before it bolted, ate a lot and shared a lot. A good amount of our organic lettuce was welcomed for tasty salads at two dinner parties we recently attended.

Some of the roots, we washed and replanted in good potting soil. They’re sending up new leaves and we hope to harvest a second crop, a first try for us. Wish us luck!

 

 

 

Applecrest Farm-to-Table

The newest Applecrest farm stand opened on May 15 and mister gardener was one of the first shoppers. As my resident chef, mister gardener stops by on a regular basis, most recently for tender asparagus in season, but this time I accompanied him to sample the farm-to-table wares at their brand new bistro.

Applecrest FarmThe new building is vast and impressive…. the farm market, the huge bakery (Ummm…pies, cookies, cider donuts!), local meats, cheeses, jam, jellies, libations and more take over most of the 12,000-square foot barn structure.

Click to view a panorama taken from the entry and you might find mister gardener.

IMG_6086We couldn’t bypass the sweet, tender asparagus grown at Applecrest…. displayed front and center. We filled bags for several meals and an appetizer for an upcoming event and had a walk-about to see what other organic goodies we could find. We needed a grocery cart for this! The area is large and the fruits and vegetables were fresh and tempting, displayed in appealing rustic bins made with reclaimed barn wood in keeping with the building’s design.

It was early in the day. We could order a tantalizing late breakfast at the bistro or enjoy an early lunch. We chose lunch and while they prepared our meal, we toured the attractive dining area. Inside and outdoors on the stone terrace, tables were adorned with fresh flowers and to take off the chill on a cool morning, a fire blazed in the stone fireplace.

We decided to dine outdoors overlooking the old orchards that are in full bloom.

The terrace at ApplecrestI chose a light lunch and my fresh beet salad was quite tasty and the presentation was lovely. mister gardener chose the crispy fried pollock with green tomato tartar, fermented cabbage and Maine potato fries… that I sampled and declared thumbs up. There was a smile on every face at Applecrest and the service was wonderful.  Yes…. we will be back.

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