Day 28 of 60 – Juice Fest versus Fresh Garden Vegetables

Wow, this week just flew by and here I am a couple days shy of halfway through this 60 day juice fest. End of week four and it is weights & measures day again. I’m down 18 pounds and 15″ (see my progress here.) Out of curiosity, I checked the numbers against Week 4 from my first juice fest and oddly enough, last time I was down 16 pounds, but almost 18″; the numbers almost exactly flipped!

The vegetables in the garden are really coming on – in the recent heat the spinach is getting ready to bolt (already?!?) – I picked a bagful for today’s juice and I’ll be harvesting most of that this weekend to blanch & freeze. I also got some baby beets with beautiful greens and a handful of kale. In another week or so the kale will be fully ready to start picking.

Indian beans blooming and a few baby beans.

Indian beans blooming and a few baby beans.

I’m rather tempted to go out into the garden, pick some lettuce, beet greens, spinach, sugar snap peas, handful of herbs and have a nice fresh salad.  I must confess a couple days ago I picked a small handful of sugar snap peas and ate them right there in the garden – it wasn’t even a choice, they were there and so was I. I have no shame and just cannot consider that a “cheat.”

For about 4 years Herb & I have been growing a strain of pole beans we call Indian beans, because we originally got them from a  native Cherokee garden;  a strain of beans grown by the Indians here in North Carolina from way back when. The mature outer shell is a mottled purple on green, but the inside is all green – they are super producers and we really love the taste and texture. Our organic edamame is coming on, not yet blooming but looking fine and healthy.

Although I am missing some of the early spring bounty, the garden will be in its glory in another month or so when my juice fest is over – the beets, Indian beans, bush beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, edamame, kale, melons, peaches, blueberries and more – how’s that for something to look forward to?

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