I am getting closer to breaking even on the vegetable garden. This weeks’ harvests of lettuce, kale, rhubarb and broccoli put the crop value at $243.93. Expenses remained the same this week, $267.50, leaving the me still in the red at $-23.61. The good news is, there’s broccoli and rhubarb, two new crops to break the litany of lettuce and leeks. But yes, there were leeks, 2 3/4 lbs. of them, 34 oz. of lettuce, and 24 oz. of kale, too.
I picked a tiny little head of broccoli, but will be having more this week from the hoophouse, where the broccoli has recovered nicely from the cabbage worms’ snacking. My first head was just 4 oz, so I’m saving it for tonight when I’ll have another small head ready. Yum, I can hardly wait. Today is Dan’s last day of school for the year so it will be a celebratory meal.
In addition to the big gorgeous rhubarb leaves featured below, I also harvested the leaf stems, about 2 1/4 pounds of them, and am planning on a pie this week, a Rhubarb Custard Pie with Henbogle eggs and rhubarb. I’ve never been a huge rhubarb fan, but time to try it again. After all, at one point I didn’t like broccoli! I’m sure the rhubarb will be delicious. Right? I hope so because I’ve found an rhubarb ice cream recipe, and a rhubarb punch/martini recipe, too.
The MOFGA Organic Price Report surveys MOFGA certified organic farmers in Maine and publishes a monthly report on prices of organically produced crops. I’ve included the link on my Resources for Maine Gardeners Page.
This post is part of Daphne’s Harvest Monday series. Check out what Daphne and other gardeners are growing at her blog, Daphne’s Dandelions.