It's the end of July and the tomatoes are finally starting to produce, including the slicers. I picked the first PInk Girl and Better Boy tomatoes. The Pink Girl has a very nice balance of flavors, excellent really. I've been harvesting Mountain Magic and Black Plum nearly every day and putting them in salads, sliced in half. Sunday there were finally enough tomatoes - 3 pounds - to make the first batch of salsa.
Along with the tomatoes, enough peppers to make a batch of refrigerator salsa. The large pepper is Carmen, the next largest is supposedly Bulgarian Carrot, and the small peppers are Jalapeno and Fish, both hot. I say supposedly because Bulgarian Carrot is orange and hot, and this pepper is red and sweet, with zero heat. I expect to suffer hot pepper shortages when making the next batch of salsa, and will find myself at the farmers market buying some chilis.
The sweet peppers were roasted on the grill, and after removing the seeds and skin, they were blended into the tomatoes.
This small batch of salsa gives me the chance to fine tune the recipe. I don't mind a salsa that's a little too hot, but a salsa that's not hot enough is a waste, in my opinion. This year's Jalapenos, Burpee seedlings, are much hotter than in year's past. These were the first red ripe Fish peppers, and they are definitely hot, probably 2 or 3 times hotter than the Jalapenos, so I'm hoping that the salsa will be up to snuff. The Bulgarian carrot is a disappointment however. Here's the final product:
The Fish pepper is a strikingly handsome pepper. With it's striped foliage and bush-like habit it could easily be an ornamental plant. Although not shown in this photo, the contrast with the ripe red peppers just adds to the esthetic. It was grown on the East Coast for use in fish dishes.
What is probably the last batch of Vertina cucumbers was picked. They are now fermenting in a crock on the kitchen counter.
More beans. Production from the pole beans has slowed down quite a bit. They have been under attack from Japanese beetles and a small green 'bug' that feeds on the bean.
Lastly, some carrots. I'm not a huge carrot fan but do like them for soups and stews. I'm not sure what variety these are.
For the week: Beans 2.7 lb, carrot 1.6 lb, cucumber 3 lb, okra 0.3 lb, sweet pepper 0.9 lb, hot pepper 0.3 lb, tomatoes 6.2 lb. To see what other people are growing, head on over to Our Happy Acres.