What are you harvesting?

I would love to take credit for this idea, but I stole it from Mother Earth News. The magazine posted what was being harvested from their office garden (how cool is that?) and asked readers to post what they’re harvesting too.

What have you picked from your garden so far this season? We had a really late start to the season, so I’ve harvested only herbs, spinach, chard, and lettuce.

Anyone have peas, beans or new potatoes? Let’s hear it!

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Iced chamomile mint tea

Iced tea is a summer staple, especially on days when you drive with your wrists because the steering wheel burns your fingers. Give your iced tea a refreshing twist by using chamomile herbal tea and mint from your garden. I need to harvest mint throughout the summer or it will take over the world. Snipping a few sprigs each day helps keep it in check and makes the tea refreshing.

Simply brew your chamomile tea as you normally would but add a couple sprigs of mint before pouring the boiling water; I don’t make sun tea with herbal teas as I don’t think they steep properly. Let it steep longer than you would for a hot cup as drinking it with ice will dilute it. Leave the mint in the tea for a few minutes, or for the whole steeping time depending on how much minty essence you like. I brew a quart of tea at a time in a tempered glass canning jar and let it steep about half an hour. Let it cool to room temperature before chilling it in the refrigerator. Drink over ice and enjoy!

Custer Farmers’ Market has moved

The Custer Farmers’ Market has moved to Way Park at the corner of 4th and Mt. Rushmore Road. Way Park is a handy location right on Custer’s main street (Mt. Rushmore Road). So don’t panic if you wind up at 7th and Crook Streets on Saturday morning, just grab some coffee to wake up and head west down main street.