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.
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?