Pickles and Planting

That pretty much sums up my life on the farm this week. I am covered up in dill right now in the garden…way over planted this spring. But pickles are one of my favorite things to make. Pickling to me is an art form. No one batch is the same. I tend to really like experimenting with all the different ways to make pickles too. Yesterday I made these NY deli type pickles that are referred to as half-sours or koshers. These type pickles use very little if any vinegar in the brine relying more on fermenting the pickle with  salt and lots of garlic and dill. The whole process is one of experimenting and for someone like me who gets bored making the same thing over and over again it’s great to try something new.  My farmhouse kitchen smells like a pickle and Lucca my son said he is over all this pickle business…ha ha.. But thus is the season and we make hay while the sun shines or pickle’s while the dill is plenty and the cucumbers are ready in the field.

For the most part this has been a great growing season. The spring was wonderful and this early summer season has been great too. The field here on the farm is coming alive with colors from bright yellow to hot pinks from the flowers blooming and the tomatoes are just a couple of weeks from hitting the farm’s market. Mark and have gotten a couple of small ones already for dinner.  Today we are continuing to tie up these tomatoes that are growing like crazy with this hot weather. It tends to be a full time gig keeping their branches up and off the ground. Heirlooms like the ones we grow here on the farm get really big and sprawling.  Smaller gardens have a hard time accommodating their size and tendency to want to spread out all over the place. This is one of the main reasons so many of those great tasting tomatoes fell by the waste side in favor of the hybridized F1 varieties. But given enough room and long hot days you can’t beat an heirloom tomato for taste.

We are also planting lots of beans this week for our late summer crop and with that more okra and eggplant and corn..not just any corn but Indian popping corn. There is a whole box of seed sitting here on the table calling out to me…to plant this morning. So lets just say…I am happy to be back from life B and ready to dive into life A planting up a great late summer here at the farm.  I will be posting a newsletter and market update in a day or 2 as to what is fresh and available at this farm this Saturday…yep…its good to back in action..let the pickle making season begin:) 

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My name is Peggy Lynn Marchetti. I am a wife, a mother of two beautiful, never boring children, and a farmer... that's right - a farmer... a female farmer to be exact. I live on a beautiful little third generation organic farm in middle Tennessee.

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