It’s Summer!

Today’s temperatures peaked in the nineties again, but that’s not why I’m exclaiming about its being summer. It’s because the first squash came in from the garden today–Yellow Crookneck and Tender Grey Zucchini. Along with them came a gorgeous green pepper (Jupiter) and the first Riesentraube cherry tomatoes.

The tomatoes and green pepper we ate raw (the pepper cut in strips and dipped in Ken’s Sweet Vidalia Dressing–awesome). The crookneck squash I sliced thinly and sautéed in olive oil over medium-high heat for a few minutes, then reduced the heat, covered, and cooked for ten minutes more on low heat. It came out tasting buttery and smooth. This is my first year growing this variety from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, and I’m already a big fan. I now wish I’d planted more of these and fewer zucchini!

Other things we’re eating from the garden? There are still beets, of course, but now we have fresh carrots as well! Including the variety Cosmic Purple, also from Southern Exposure. And we’re eating lots of ground cherries, too. More on those in a future post…

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. beautiful squash! I loved seeing the close up pic of them in my reader 🙂 Thanks for the 411 on the southern seed exchange for next season/year. That is the second time I have heard good things about them, so it is definitely time to check them out! The purple carrots sound great too!

    1. Sharon says:

      There are several great seed companies out there, but I buy from Southern Exposure because they’re local (just two hours from me) and they provide a lot of info for growing in the mid-Atlantic region. Thanks for reading!

  2. Yay for you! I love squash of any variety, yours looks great! I hope your basket runneth over soon!

    1. Sharon says:

      Yes, I fear the basket will be running over all too soon… I think I’m going to be freezing a lot!

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