“Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1,2
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4,6,7
“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, … ‘Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.” Psalms 46:1-2a, 10-11
“My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.” Psalms 62:5,6“’The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.'” Isaiah 26:3,4″
…casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. … Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, … Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:3, 5b-6a, 9
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5,6
Through the open window a cicada’s call serenades the late summer moonlit night… And the Lord is blessing our farm with some bountiful summer crops! Sales! If you have been wanting preserving quantities of tomatoes or okra now is the time to jump in!
The Lord has been blessing the late summer and early fall crops of okra, tomatoes, snap beans (green, purple and yellow wax), bell peppers and even some late yellow squash and zucchini! We have been dehydrating some of our tomatoes, bell peppers and okra which is an excellent way to compactly preserve these (and many other) crops for use later! They work beautifully in soups casseroles or, one of my favorite grab and go snacks is dehydrated okra mixed with some peanuts and sesame sticks making it a complete meal with legume, grain and vegetable all in one! This would also be a great time to make both fresh and canned salsa since we have both tomatoes and bell peppers available! Gumbo might be in store. Two of our family’s very favorite simple but tasty dishes are tomato and onion salad and lightly cooked stir fry. For tomato onion salad simply cube a few tomatoes and chop an onion. Pour apple cider vinegar over the top with a light sprinkling of salt and stir. Allow to chill and serve. Stir fry can be made from almost any in season crops but one we have been enjoying lately is chunking a few squash up and mixing in a little onion. Lightly saute them in a small amount of olive oil until just crispy tender. Turn the fire off and stir in some chopped tomatoes. Add a little salt or bullion if you would like to lend a slightly different flavor. Top with grated cheese if you would like. Then…be ready to dig in for a wonderful feast!
A couple of stand-out tomato varieties new to us this season are heirloom varieties that were recommended to us by friends. Curious what they are? Cherokee Purple is the one of the ugliest colored tomatoes you’ll ever see, but the full, rich flavor and solid meat will likely get you hooked on this delicious tomato! Ana Russian is a pink tomato that would remind you a lot of the old Ox Heart variety and they too are solid meated with good flavor and less acid than a standard red tomato. I hope to experiment with them for a few more years and see if they consistently produce well.
This tomato is a “Pineapple” variety which we have been growing for several years now. I believe it is the largest tomato we’ve harvested yet this year. They are a beautifully yellow and red striped when sliced and have an outstanding flavor! This is probably G-Jean’s overall favorite flavored tomato!
What a blessing it was to have a little rain shower come in and bring with it some cooler temperatures! The 90-100 degree days are typical of summer but I have gotten spoiled to our mild summer! Even the nights have cooled off throughout most of the summer unlike some years. We are still needing a little more rain as the top few inches of ground are really drying out and getting hard now. We have been irrigating a little lately and have added some t-tape to the strawberry rows this year trying to ensure the perimeter runners will set (root) and be well established by fall.
Mom’s new batch of chicks are in the brooder and they certainly are cute little fuzz balls right now!
May you have a blessed week and Lord willing I’ll write again soon!
Farmer Joshua and the Mitchell crew