It feels like a new year has begun. With the rains comes life. Avoiding major disasters in autumn we will have a harvest. The harvest has in fact already begun. We arrived back to find masses of strawberries on sale. In our Huedin garden they are tiny green balls. A local woman had gooseberries.
Once more the Kis Petri/Patrunjel rhubarb picking and transporting machine worked flawlessly, so there is fantastic rhubarb in your bag. The Valeni/Magyarvalko one didn’t work so well, so there is nothing in the bag from Valeni
Our garden saw a large rucola gathering squad. In a soft and rather warm shower, we picked this weed which has survived severe frosts in March, an unnaturally warm and dry April and the onslaught of snails today. Beneath our feet the crunch of snail shells splitting. Most of the kale is in shreds. Tiny stumps where there should be fine flower heads. That large squad by the way was Beti and her two friends, who all had a wonderful day out in Huedin despite having to bend over and pick rucola in the rain.
The market was bustling, everyone had come to buy tomato, pepper or other summer plants. The rain stopped and the sun even shone for a bit then the rain came back heavier than ever. Too much rain and the clayey Kalotaszeg soil will resemble bread dough. Those who got the plants in quickly can sit back and watch them grow, those wating till tomorrow will not want any more rain.
Local honey producer Nelu has harvested more honey than ever before. The plum tree has more small plums than I have ever seen. Last year the few which were on it rotted before they ripened. There is excitement and adventure to come; the growing season is barely underway.
As you can see above we had lots of willing hands carrying it to the train. Thanks to Beti, Junia and Dani for making Gustare happen and for Roger and his volunteers for lending a hand and great chat. Come and join us one market day, you won’t regret it.
Here is the full list of the contents of your bag.
Salad – wild rocket, red lobodo, red/green/catalogna lettuce,.sorrel/soska/macris; lambs lettuce(a few flower buds as this plant of early spring makes flowers and then the seeds that will start to grow in the autumn); cress/cresson(survived the drought and snails in Domos garden); bitter cress; garlic mustard/usturoita; pea tops/borsó tetejét; mallow …collected by Douglas, Agi neni, Gil, Beti,Junia, Dani and Sara in TKD gardens (Damos, Alunis, Huedin)
Tea Herbs/fuszer de ceai/teat – –sage/zsaja/salvia; clary sage; lemon balm/citrom fu/lamaita; elderflower/ flori de soc/bodza virag; blackcurrant leaf/fekete ribisli levelet/frunze de coacaze negru; spearmint and peppermint/menta/
herbs/verdeturi – chives/snidling/metelo hagyma; green onion; garlic/usturoi/fokhagyma
Rhubarb – Grown by Bodis Ilonka, Erzsike Kispetri, Petrinzel and transported by Balazs.
Cheese/sajt/cascaval maturat – from Alunis’ cow milk – Szilard, Alunis.
Healthy Vegan biscuits, sweet with Oimpia’s honey Bondi’s honey or salty with