This week I was offered elderberries en vrac while picking up my weekly organic basket. Not just a handful but, rather, as much as I wished! Seems that they weren’t too popular with the other farm partners. Even with permission to be gluttonous, I felt greedy, filling a small paper bag with the berries as I explained how Elder is a edible-medicinal plant to the farm guy.
Right off the bat, I’ll admit that my garden isn’t as prolific as last year. I was away on business the entire month of March and couldn’t get the seedlings started up in a good way. That, plus I got impatient and took the plastic off the hoop house a bit early. I blame the unseasonably warm spring and the subsequent pre-summer chill.
Here’s the grow list: San Marzano tomatoes, sweet basil, Cayenne peppers, eggplant, kale and ground cherries. A lot less than last year, when I over-stuffed the raised bed, in order to give everything enough space.