See what's peeking out behind that leaf? It's truly something I wait all season to see. That, my friends, would be the reddening of my first tomato. It's an olive tomato; smaller than a cherry, larger than a grape variety. We've had a happy tumbler tomato plant that's been producing for over a month now, but it's in a hanging basket. This is the first close-to-edible tomato from the Family Garden Patch.
A labor of love, it most definitely is. I can't take most of the credit. It's my husband who turned and amended the soil. He waters most days, monitors for pests. I take the fruits of his labor and feed him when everything is ready for human consumption. Usually I start from seed, but this year I was still shaken by the awful blight that attacked the entire patch last summer, that I went with plants. The Herb Pharmacy in Salisbury was my choice. They're local, and they grow organic and their selection, it's fabulous. We planted late this year, so come August, we should see a whole lot of production. So what's in there? Here's a sample:
From left to right: Thai Round Eggplant and Dusky Eggplant; Pickling and Salad Cucumbers; Tomatoes [red olive, pink, , ]; and the herb patch [parsley, dill, sage, oregano]
Not pictured, but in there is zucchini and two Italian , a Thai hot pepper and a green sweet pepper.
I think I'm most excited for the Thai eggplant and Thai peppers. I'm thrilled to pair it with the Thai basil and see what I can whip up in one of my favorite cuisines.
Detox and Wellness Update 7/13:
I know a lot of you have followed my detox and the subsequent results, so I felt the need to let you know how I'm doing since. I still feel a whole lot better. The energy has subsided a bit, but not entirely. I'm much more mindful about what I eat. I don't always need a starch (although my weakness still remains bread and pasta), when a good veggie will do. I've taken the detox and translated into different levels. I'm buying my produce almost entirely local and in-season right now. I'm planning on switching to locally raised meat as well. It really changed the way I look at food. I hope it continues.