Wacky weather whiplash pattern continues.  Last week it was a scorching 95 degrees; then quicker than you can say  “summer’s here?” a  few days later it’s cold, overcast and raining (what a BLESSING!).

The poor plants are totally confused and so are we – sweater on, sweater off, on, off?

In the garden, the elephant garlic is just about ready to harvest and we’ve been digging up pounds and pounds of tasty potatoes!  Just today made a potato salad with home canned pickled carrots and homegrown celery – so yummy!  Can’t beat the flavor and texture of homegrown potatoes!

The summer crops are slowly replacing the spring greens and brassicas. Justin informed me that they already spotted the hated (invasive) bagrada bug due to the heat. Bugger!

As head manager of the front porch farm stand, my duties include not only managing the operation, taking orders and such but also  filling them. Think that’s my favorite part: to be out in the garden early in the morning harvesting the lovely bouquet of greens.   I do declare that one morning we all picked nearly 30 lbs of greens to fill the orders that morning!  Whew!

Bouquet of greens, indeed.  One of our customers exclaimed, “If I ever got married, this would be my bouquet.”  Awwww.


276 lb produce

Eggs 141 (Duck) 73 (Chicken)


939 lb produce

Eggs 486 (Duck)  190 (Chicken)


  1. Florence says:

    Wonderful harvest for April!!

    Here in Texas everything is brown from the terrible drought. The only fields that are green are the ones that are irrigated from the Brazos River.

  2. Jeni Vandall says:

    Already you guys are so close to 1k in produce! GO DERVAES!!! I am somewhat very jealous of your year round growing season! Here in Utah I am just planting potatoes and there you are harvesting yours already.

    I am glad to hear we are not the only ones have wacky weather just sat. it was in the 70 nice and warm, then yesterday back down to the 50’s my poor strawberries do not know what to think.

    BTW because of your blog I have learned so much about garlic and I think mine will actually do good this year! For once!:)

    • Anais says:

      @Jeni Vandall: Thank you for the encouragement. Makes all the HARD work worth it 😉

  3. Toni Reita ND says:

    BRAVO for your important efforts. Let it be a friendly challenge and inspiration for the rest of folks living in the city to grab onto a bit of rural living. You are living proof that it can be done.

    In 2008, 180 countries declared that their citizens have a fundamental right to food. Only one country voted against this rudimentary right. Can you guess which country that was?

    How can the proclaimed land of the free and home of the brave justify such a mean spirited decision? And is it in the best interests of their citizens or in the best interests of someone else?

    Instead the United States made it’s intentions perfectly clear and voted against the right to food for it’s citizens. There is no right to food in the USA, nor is there any right to food legislation pending. Pretty simple isn’t it?

    I’m wondering if the USA’s refusal to participate in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights provoked the growing grassroots right to food movement and the real food revolution? Is the war on food just beginning to heat up?

    Here in South Central Washington state on May 9, it was 32 degrees this morning. 4 years ago, our garden was in and it keeps getting later and later each year. Many veggies don’t have enough time between heavy frosts and insufficient sun to flourish…and now with Fukushima, it’s safe to assume that all areas are suffering from radioactive fallout.

    We’ve been detoxing ourselves and animals since March 14 and also detoxing & fortifying our animals. The goats that give our raw milk are first detoxed with Bentonite clay or Zeolite.

    What are you doing in the city to ensure non contaminated soil?


  4. Janice says:

    Nice harvest!!! We haven’t kept track of weight but we do take pictures of our harvest. If you want to check it out, it’s on my blog


    This weather is really quite a whiplash! It was downright COLD today!

    • Anais says:

      @Janice: Now it’s JUNE GLOOM 🙂

  5. Quail's Hollar Farm says:

    Your harvest is very impressive, keep up the good work, I wish you all the best for summer. I was wondering if you all have to contend with a high amount of humidity in California? Here in Florida we’re lucky if we have a day under sixty percent humidity. It utterly destroys and kind of pumpkin or squash we attempt to grow. Happy vegetable gardening.

    -Quail’s Hollar Farm

    • Anais says:

      @Quail’s Hollar Farm: Thankfully no humidity. Whoops, take that back! In the last few years we noticed that summer’s here were a little more humid than normal. It’s supposed to be a desert! Global weirding I suppose. Lived in Florida (hour outside of Tampa) for 10 years. We had a homestead there on 10 acres. I definitely can recall the HUMIDITY!

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