Bringing in the harvest, and cooking it!

basil harvest beet harvest aug09

Lots of harvesting! Basil, beets….

harvest bok choi aug09 zucchini tomato harvest aug09

… broccoli, chinese cabbage, cucumbers and of course, tons of zucchini and the tomatoes are also coming on strong!

There’s lots to harvest, and lots to eat, so it’s been a great month for cooking classes, too.

cooking class V Smiley cooking class slaws

Everyone joined in as V Smiley, chef at Mukilteo Coffee Company, showed us how to make delicious slaws by grating carrots, beets, and turnips, and adding finely cut kale- all harvested from the garden.

cooking damien at WIN tour cooking damien 2

Damien Cortez led an ongoing cooking demonstration during the W.I.N. (Whidbey Island Nourishes) Garden Tour, and everyone enjoyed different kinds of salads and soups made from veggies from the garden and ingredients from the Food Bank: Tomato caprese (with basil and mozzarella); Mixed salad greens with garbanzo beans; Braised beets with bacon; and Potato Leek soup.

Thanks to all our guests chefs: Kristian Bentsen, Damien Cortez, and V Smiley for a very successful cooking series!

planting lettuce aug09 winter squash ripening aug09

The season is far from over. We’re still planting lettuce and other crops that will take us into the fall and winter, and the pumpkins and winter squash are ripening on the vine!