Last week's lettuce was a somewhat bitter which is what happens when lettuce gets too old. Then it starts to shoot up into a stalk,
Getting it just right is never simple. Nature is our dance partner throughout the season, and she doesn't always tell us what tune she's listening to. If things heat up, the lettuce goes faster. If things cool off, the lettuce slows down. A big rainstorm will stall it out. A heat wave will make it bitter and bolt even if its still small.
Even with the knowledge of how to dance with nature, farming is such a challenge. When a farmer (or a culture) has an intimate reliance on raising their food I imagine this knowledge takes on an intuitive quality, and their relationship with natural forces would be a beauty to behold. And even so, the successful farmers hedge their bets and half expect to be dumped.
Tomatoes- Cherry, Slicers, and some Roma
There is plenty of eggplant should you choose to take some home. No pressure, but Baba Ganoush on toasted pita bread is very easy and a crowd-pleaser.
ps Thanks to Amanda for posting about Stacy's flower obsessions last week! Your photos outshine all others.