It’s been a long time since we’ve have excess produce to donate to Alfalfa House. But we went a little crazy with the lettuce seed one day a few months ago and now we have an abundance of lettuce across several beds all at a similar stage of growth. It’s completely free from pests given that our resident blue tongues* appear to be keeping the snails at bay and the soil is in pretty good condition. But lettuce has the capacity to become incredibly bitter as it begins to bolt to seed and given all these seeds were planted at once, they’re all heading in that direction. Although it’s possible to mask the bitterness with a good dressing, best share the love before it is too late. Especially given we can’t pick the lettuce fast enough to eat ourselves. So last weekend we decided to harvest a few kilos of mixed leaf lettuce and also a whole stack of parsley to take down to Alfalfa. We picked lettuce and also heaps of parsley, processed it, packed it into bags (and packed it, along with our little baby, into the car!) and took it down to the co-op. We feel more legitimately farmy when people we don’t know get to eat our produce!
*UPDATE: Two blue tongues live here now!!