The past week has been particularly successful in the urban homesteading department. Not only have we had homegrown food to eat, but for the first time ever we have been eating out of the garden for a solid week.
We’ve had enough quantity and variety of foods coming out of the garden to make up the bulk of our dinner meals. This is notable because in the past we have grown a large quantity of a few crops, like tomatoes, sweet potatoes and strawberries. But after the strawberries are finished, there is a pretty long gap until the tomatoes come in, and then the sweet potatoes. And even then the quantity is so limited that it’s unlikely that you’ll eat the same food night after night.
This spring has been different because of the work I did during the winter in getting seeds started early under lights, and in starting a variety of crops. Just after the strawberries came in the greens were ready, and then the sugar snap peas, garlic scapes and now Swiss chard. After growing lettuce and greens for the first time ever (which is crazy because they’re so easy), I’m now fully convinced of their usefulness and ability to bridge the gap between crops.
Here are some of the homegrown dishes we’ve been enjoying:
Sunday – Pasta with chicken, curly endive and blue cheese and sautéed garlic scapes
Monday – Strawberry banana smoothie
Tuesday – Homemade bread, carrot top pesto (with garlic cloves substituted for the green garlic) and salad with homemade balsamic vinaigrette
Thursday – Travelling.
Friday – Garlic scape and beet greens pizza calzone on homemade dough with carrot top pesto
Saturday – Kale chips
Sunday – Strawberry banana smoothie with kale and Brussels sprouts greens