Good morning, everyone. We have wonderfully cooler weather with nice bright sun. I have already harvested three trays of spearmint, and one each of peppermint, orange mint, and oregano. They are drying now. We got a bit of rain yesterday afternoon--not enough to change our 'extremely dry' to 'moderate drought' conditions. We were watching a local news segment on the problems some Illinois farmers are experiencing. Their corn stands a wonderful one foot high. At this time, those stalks should be 3+ feet tall. For a contrast all we had to do was look out at our gardens. My two stands of corn are all at the expected height. I haven't noticed any of the fields when we were out--so many of those are now being built on. I have noticed an increase in the price of sweet corn. We have some southern sweet corn in the stores and farm markets.
And talking about corn--I found this Rodale article by way of Natural News. I have seen similar articles for the last 6 months or more. Isn't Monsanto wonderful?? (SARCASM ALERT!!!!!) As if that weren't enough--take a look at this one, also from Rodale.
The blueberries we bought at the city farm market Tuesday are now frozen in one cup lots in baggies. Fourteen of them. I wish one of the venders would get a supply of cranberries. Next week we plan to start getting beets and other veggies we plan to can or freeze. I already have the receipt for pickled beets marked. Oh, well--time to see what is on the internet.