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First of the Season

The first of the season trombochino, just picked and went into a Green Green Polenta.  The first of the season cherry tomatoes, just picked and into soft boiled egg and tomato on toast for breakfast. The first of the season capsicums – these ones are Hungarian Wax.  I’ve picked the first of them green to go in a breakfast frittata, but they will get sweeter as they mature to yellow.  And the first of the season button squash, not ready yet, but it will only be a few days.

It’s very exciting. The season is changing, as they constantly do, but this spring transformation is always one I look forward to. I still have strawberries and mulberries here, and the first of the blueberries very soon. We’ve been eating paw paws regularly for a few weeks now, and still a few weeks to go.

I’m still picking the last of  the broccolisnow peaspeassilver beet, kalecelerybroad beans and cabbages of various kinds.  There’s heaps of lettuces of several kinds,  lots of rocket, parsley, coriander, and dill, and I’ve just harvested all the  mustard seed for making seeded mustard, and for adding to pickles and curries.  Carrots and  leeks and spring onions and beets are all still in season, along with ginger and turmeric.  And though the wallabies (again!) got most of my asparagus, there’s been enough left for several meals.

But all the winter vegies are now giving way to the summer ones – zucchini  and trombochino ,beans,  tomatoescapsicums, and the cucumbers aren’t too far off. And I keep sneaking a look under the compost at the  new season potatoes.  They’re not quite ready to start bandicooting yet, but it’s not long, and they are such a treat it’s something to look forward to.

I am never very inspired to freeze or bottle fruit or vegetables. But the end of the season for each one, I am always looking forward too much to the next one.


{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Louise October 13, 2012, 1:29 pm

    Oh it would be so nice to have a warmer climate and have such produce so early. My first tomatoes are just forming now and my zuccini plants are tiny. I love a fritatta – nothing better to use a variety of produce.

  • farmer_liz October 13, 2012, 1:43 pm

    wow, you are SO far ahead of me, I have just sprouted some trombocino seedlings after seeing them on your blog last year, I hope they grow fast, lookin fwd to trying them! Also only just ready to plant tomatoes, corn and beans. Still eating peas, kale, lettuce, silverbeet and broad beans though.

  • Nadja October 13, 2012, 5:31 pm

    Aw, something in me goes all maternal delighty when I see those first-of-season babies… which can’t quite explain the pleasure I get from eating them!!

    And yes, first summer veg are still some months away for us in Adelaide too.

  • greenfumb October 13, 2012, 6:46 pm

    Im a bit behind you as well although I do have some tomatoes almost ready and I’ve dug up a couple of kipfler potato plants – mainly because the dratted 28 spot ladybirds are decimating them and I have no patience.

    I never thought of making seeded mustard, what a great idea. I’ve ordered you ook from ebay so look forward to getting more helpful ideas 🙂

  • greenfumb October 13, 2012, 6:46 pm

    or even your book

  • Liz October 13, 2012, 9:38 pm

    Wow your your crops produce early, most of mine is still struggling to grow true leaves let along anything else. But then Melbourne has had a particularly cool Spring thus far. Your crops are looking beautiful.

  • Tracey October 14, 2012, 8:22 pm

    Having a moment of being terribly jealous of your location. Our little spring/summer seedlings are just in the ground and still hoping to not be frostbitten down here in southern Vic. Can’t wait for our first summer crops, but it’ll be a while still. I bet yours were delicious! 🙂

  • celia October 16, 2012, 4:15 pm

    So inspiring! Our beans are growing well, and we’ve just had our first eggplant flowers! First harvest of potatoes is in, and the others are wilting already. Hooray for spring! 🙂

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