Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Edmonds Farmer's Market in June

June was Casey's month off after taking his first major national standardized test of medical school (also known as Step 1).  We went and visited family in Seattle, my grandparents in Goldendale, and eventually made our way to Utah.  From there we made the long journey home, driving from Utah to Columbus, with a quick stop in Nauvoo on the way.  It was a bit of a whirlwind trip, and I will admit I felt quite miserable for much of it (due to first trimester "morning" sickness) (On a rather unrelated note...who decided to call it morning sickness?  I have yet to meet someone that is only sick in the mornings when pregnant); however, it was still a fun trip, and we made some great memories.  One in particular is the Edmonds farmer's market.  It's usually in season when we're visiting Casey's parents, and we usually try to make it at least once.

I love farmer's markets.  I love the colors, and the fresh food, the odd mix of people you see there, and the musicians on the corners.  (Owen especially loves the musicians.  He was quite enthralled by one guitarist in particular.)  Here's my attempt to document the things I love about farmer's markets:

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Our garden: An update

I'm going to try to catch up here, and in going through all the pictures I have, I got a little overwhelmed and didn't know where to I'm going to start here, with our garden.


We had a good amount of peas.  They got HUGE!  The only problem was, we don't really love we won't be growing them again.


That first tomato picture is actually our tomato plant very soon after we'd planted it.  It's grown into a monster, and that basket is actually quite large.  I canned these tomatoes, it was a little disastrous, but still salvageable.  I think I'll continue growing tomatoes for canning (not a big fresh tomato fan).


These were probably my favorite part of the garden.  I'll be growing more carrots next year (they're really easy).  We made carrot cupcakes out of these.  They were delightful.

This is such a sad picture, but pretty accurate as far as what our spinach really looked like.  I guess in order to be able to get more spinach they recommend harvesting the outer leaves as they are ready, and leaving the rest of the plant intact.  Using this method, we made some salads and some green smoothies.  I didn't love growing spinach, and it bolted pretty quickly as the days got hotter.  Probably won't do it again.

The onions...I don't think I'll talk about them.  The peppers are growing...but I'm not sure why I thought it would be a good idea to grow peppers, I don't like peppers at all.  So the moral of the story:  If you're going to grow a garden, grow things you actually like to eat. (I imagine most people already know that, I'm not sure what was happening in my head when we planned ours.)