Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Slow food

The garden is taking its time this year. Here it is August 11 and the tomatoes are still green, the peppers have yet to appear and the garden monster of "August past," zucchini, is still just a twinkle in the dirt. Chicago has just completed a record-breaking cold July and these little guys like it hot.

The good thing, I've had a steady supply of greens starting with arugula and baby spinach in April followed by green leaf, mesclun, bibb, romaine, Swiss chard. This along with green onions, shallots, cucumbers, eggplant, peas and the garlic I planted last fall and am now harvesting makes for some tastey and low cal morsels.

So far I have been able to avoid the grocery store for the month of August for my 4th year in a row only supplementing with dry goods from my shelves and meat and fish from my freezer.