Sunday, June 15, 2014
City Seed visit today Edgewood Park New Haven and the Garden
Today to give my DH a break I went to the market with my DD, her Significant other and my sister, who had never been there. I love City Seed Market!
I spent more than usual. I got boneless pork chops from Four Mile River Farm . We have purchased some beef from them before and was happy (though this is not the local beef from Meriden that I speak about most)this time we wanted to try the pork. If we are happy we more than likely will be purchasing half of a pig. I like that they have fresh and prepared (bacon/sausages/ham) products in the planned half purchase. Price is $5.00 per pound, average is 80 pounds. All is cryovac packaged and frozen upon delivery. I will keep you posted. 6 chops were $21.00, very lean and thick. This is not a bargain price, but the fact I know where it was raised, where it was processed and how it was fed is the highlight more and more of our meat purchases.
I purchased a huge bunch of garlic scapes, a small bunch of radishes, two large bunches of swiss chard for $8.00, a loaf of ciabatta from sono bakery for $5, 4 pretzel rolls from G Bakery for $4.00, a large package of locally made beef jerky $8.00 (treat for DH) Total spent $46.00. It is Father's Day after all. My sister purchased strawberries which she shared with us when we returned.
Meal plans this week. We will have preemio italian sausage this week with peppers/onions/scapes. Pork Chops with frozen vegetables and rice/potatoes. Marinated chicken cutlets and swiss chard. Stew meat created into a tasty stew. I will make quiche with more of the scapes, salad with greens from the garden.
The Garden is starting to give us more. I will have swiss chard in the next week to harvest, and the lettuce greens are now ready to start taking leaves. Chives and other herbs are prolific. I am sharing some with friends. Peas are growing nicely, as well as walla walla onions and green beans. Beans should be harvest ready in 3 or 4 more weeks.
I was gifted from a neighbor today 100's of daffodil bulbs she had pulled out. She is changing her color scheme, and her change is my reward. I will wash/separate/plant and share. I look forward to seeing new color next spring all over our property.
I don't grow tomatoes/cukes/squashes. I find they are difficult here, my organic ways of gardening are still not enough for the pests that attack these plants. I also have many local farms, some within walking distance. I plan on purchasing all of these items from them.
I will post pictures of how the garden has progressed later in the week.