Sunday, June 13, 2010

Beautiful Garnishments: Edible Flowers


I am pretty sure these are Cornflowers. I ate one and it has a nice gentler flavor.

Another Cornflower.

My Butterfly mix.

Dianthus - which means "divine" flower. 

More Dianthus . . . 

. . . and some more Dianthus.

My Dianthus selection is meager and now that I know that it's a delightful edible, we'll add more pockets of this in the fall. 

There are few color spots of Pansies throughout the garden and these are edible. They have a bit of a peppery taste.

I'm personally nuts about the French Lavender ( I also have a bit of Spanish and English). I've used it to make Lavender Honey to drip over my Peter's Honey Figs.  Speaking of figs . . .

Flower Adornments - Price TBD

Speaking of Figs

When we moved back to the farm and started the farm, we knew we had to plant many of our favorite fig trees: Peter's Honey's Figs. Besides Peter's Honeys we have Black Mission and Kadota.

The first fruit from a Kadota fig that I just couldn't resist trying.

Fig price TBD

Fresh Farm Eggs

Fresh Farm Eggs - $5.50 a dozen.

More Than Lovely Heirloom Tomatoes

Right now my Tomato Sanctuary is a bit prolific and I hope and pray that it stays that way as our desert temps rise above the 100 degrees (which doesn't make tomatoes too happy).

Higher temps tend to cause those sweet little blossoms to fall off.   I am hoping the fact we smartly planted the majority of our heirlooms along the west side wall that runs north and south AND the fact that we put up our shade cloth about two weeks ago AND the fact that I've got a good amount of mulch down (will add more this week) could be a plus in sustaining those blossoms through some searing temps.  How effective this will be is the determining factor of my ability to commit to consistency (which is what I want to do).

Either way, all my heirlooms are indeterminants plants - meaning that what would kill them (if not protected) would be a frost. That being said, I'm trusting that (with the exception of those hot days) I should be able to provide these beauties to one degree or another until November and beyond with some lean times in between.

Variety of Tomatoes Available

Yellow Pear - great for salads! Pretty too.

Zebra Greens - Scrumptious sliced.  Low in acid.

Valencia - Orangish in color and rich in tomato flavor.

Great White - a large beefsteak that's on the sweet side. These are almost my favorite.

When in season, our tomatoes are available at the local Farmers' Markets for $4.95 a pound.

By the way ~ Chef Becky from The Herb Box LOVES our tomatoes! See this pic!

Arugula for Your Table

Arugula is a constant in the gardens at The Simple Farm.   Besides giving an ordinary salad a kick and pizza that extra pazazz - arugula falls into the category of anti cancer foods.  Arugula is touted as a "potent anti cancer food" that contains disease fighting phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. Here's where the info came from.

As you can see, already, that what was baby arugula (not quite the kick) is maturing. It needs picking so more new baby leaves can grow. These leaves are definitely peppery with that slight bitter kick. 

There are a several different kinds of arugula - like the wild and rockett.