A wise local farmer, Ilene Freedman of House in the Woods farm in Adamstown once said something I'd never thought of before. In Maryland, she said, you actually can't harvest the lettuce, cucumbers and tomatoes for a salad all at the same time. That perfectly describes where we are in the seasonal eating calendar- wiping the last of the strawberries from one's chin in preparation for more and more produce to ripen. As Amanda Cather of Plow and Stars Farm said in their always excellent newsletter "This is the time of year when you can almost see and hear things growing."
Blueberries: Pick -our-Owns are open and this "superfood" freezes very well. A few places to pick (call in advance, the April frost has farmers scrambling): Butler's Orchard, Blueberry Gardens, Farm at Home, Homestead Farm.
The Orchards are open! Kingsbury's Orchard will open for the season on July 2. This 5th generation orchard is famous for peaches - including one of their own cultivars- Kingsbury's Pride. Lewis Orchard opened June 28th. Homestead and Butlers are linked above.
Local Produce is available all over the county at your local farmers market. Find your closest market here. Or come on out and enjoy the Reserve's newest Market in Beallsville.
For the first time this year there is a MoCo stop on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail. Check out Rock Hill Orchard in Mt. Airy.
The Montgomery County Farm Tour is July 23 - farms will be open to the public and offer special programs. Once you've checked out the best of the Reserve, come wind down at our Field and Fiddle Event with music, food trucks, a silent auction and family fun- 6-10pm.
Get Yer Veggies:
Cucumbers are coming in slowly - we heard recently that cucumber water not only makes you feel fancy like a spa, its also very good for you.
Most people wait patiently for tomato season which is not here just yet, but it is not too early to share the tomato name generator. What sort of hierloom tomato would you be? "Fiery Traveler"?- I'll take it.
If you have not eaten your fill of garlic scapes (the loopy strong tasting sprouts sent up by garlic plants) you'd better get on it.
Kale has become an all year crop for most - we found this article about how Kale has gotten "too cool" very interesting.