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A perfectly subtle June

Posted 6/5/2018 12:45pm by Shiloh Avery.

June.  Named after Juno, the Roman goddess of childbirth and fertility.  The weeds that escaped our hoes in April and early May have all grown up and are having children of their own now.  Usually, June rolls in on a saucy heat wave, announcing her presence like a child demanding your attention, stamping her feet and screaming “Look at me! Look at me!  Look at me!” 

But Juno was evidently distracted by the floods, because June just sort of slid into the raucous party through an already open door and sat down.  I hardly even recognized her.  Sweatshirts in the mornings and evenings, no desperate popsicle breaks, breezy, sunny skies--even the squash seems to be confused and isn’t growing so fast. A subtle and perfect June will have us all complacent and unprepared for that blast of July that is sure to come, but since there’s nothing we can do about that, let’s just enjoy the sweatshirts while we wait.

The cucumbers have been enjoying the perfect weather of the last few days, which means we have some overlap of production between the greenhouse and the field.  Which means it’s a great time to make a batch of Jason’s Aunt Ella’s Shake Pickles:

Aunt Ella's Shake Pickles

Cucumbers-1/2 gallon, sliced

2-3 onions, sliced

1 3/4 cup sugar

1 1/2 cup vinegar

1/8 cup salt

1/2 tsp mustard seed

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp alum

1/2 tsp celery seed

Fill half gallon jar with sliced cucumbers and onions.  Mix together.  Mix remaining ingredients and pour over cucumbers.  Put in refrigerator.  Shake once a day for six days.

 

 

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