Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Gardens and barbecues

I can't believe it's August already. It has been a whirlwind of activities at our house this summer; the farmer's market, barbecue competitions, a new grand baby, and of course all the normal summertime activities. It appears that things won't be slowing down anytime soon either. I'm not complaining but I do wish there were more hours in a day. Lol!

The garden is really starting to produce some veggies just in time for round two of the farmer's market.The first batch of bush beans have been harvested twice now and the second crop of beans are about ready to pick.

We have harvested lots of zucchini and several peppers and tomatoes. I am hoping the Red Okra and the Rosa Bianca eggplant start producing soon. The flowers on the Red Okra are sure pretty.

I'm pleased with the growth of the Walla Walla Sweet Onions. I harvested some to sell at the market and they were a huge hit. The cukes are the next vegetables to explode in production...they are already taking over the garden.

In other news...Bent and team attended the 2010 Idaho Barbecue Championship at the Boise Music Festival in July. They placed 5th on ribs and 13th over all. Bent let famous pitmaster Harry Soo, borrow some of his equipment for this competition. In return, Harry gave the team grilling tips and he engraved the two Weber Bullets they lent him. Needless to say, the team was thrilled to be cooking side by side such a famous competitor. I'm told that lending your barbecue to Harry is like letting Eddy Van Halen borrow your guitar to play at a concert. Lol!

Hopefully the last picture doesn't offend anyone....this was a whole pig roast that Bent and host cooked for practice. (Of course the boys had to put green olives in the place of the poor piggies eyes).....The practice cook was a huge hit and everyone ate a ton....It was soooo good!


  1. Looks like you've had a very fun summer. I'm glad to have shared a bit of it with you. I've learned a lot from your blog and I hope the rest of your harvest goes well . . .

  2. Everything looks good! I'm jealous of the beans, I bought the wrong kind and they're just failing big time. The pig's "eye" makes him look scared :)

  3. Thanks Rob, we enjoyed your company...wish you guys could have stayed longer...here's to next summer on the houseboat : )

  4. Dietplaid, Thanks....Bummer on your beans. : (

  5. Just wanted to say "hi" from a fellow N. Idaho gardener. Welive in Rathdrum on 3 acres. This is my third year gardening and it has done pretty well..crossing our fingers for the tomatoes! so excited to find local people on the web!

    so you sell at the Hayden/CDA farmer's market? wow...

  6. Hi Janeen,
    It's great to meet local gardeners...so glad you found our blog. We sell at the Hayden market on Saturdays. Next year we will most likely sell at the Wednesday market too. Do you sell your produce as well?

  7. Hi Sunny,
    No selling..i think it might be more fun to grow than eat...just the anticipation..i started seeds for the first time this year and will do more next. i got carried away with potatoes this year..plant less next year. the next few days are supposed to be warmer, so hoping the tomatoes will turn red this weekend!