First, the crop of the season:
Though we can’t grow too much down here in the cold, cold valley the wild blueberries more than make up for the lack of good conditions. It’s hard for me to get much done knowing these beauties are out there, free for the taking. I can get obsessed beyond reason with blueberry picking but I guess it’s a fairly harmless addiction.
I have been helping my friend Maggie Hallam with her new vegetable farm, Cripple Creek Organics. This is the shake-down, figure-it-out season, and from my vantage point things seem to be going well. She’s got a small CSA and has had enough to sell at the Monday downtown market the past few weeks. It’s been fun to be part of the process and healthy to keep working in the dirt. Between this and my reward for helping my friend Joanna with her amazing garden I am in vegetables up to my ears right now. . . . not a bad problem to have. The fridge is filled with fresh leeks, onions, cucumbers, cabbage, peppers, tomatoes, summer squash, and celery. (Think you can’t grow stuff in Alaska? Think again.)
Of course, getting ready for another show took up quite a bit of time.
I decided to dig into the surface a little more with an electric tool before doing my hand carving on these two new pieces. Although I was happy with the result, I think I need to make the difference in surface level a little more extreme in order to really have it make an impact.
If you can ignore the scrap lumber, blue tarps, and other indications that this is a owner-financed building project, I think our yard looks pretty spectacular this summer.
And last but not least, Pablo and Dora snooze away a hot summer day.