A few nights ago we headed out to our garlic patch to harvest the scapes. If you have never tried garlic scapes you are missing out on some delicious garlicky goodness. The scapes are the flowering stalk of the garlic plant and grow out of the center in long curls. They are wonderful eaten fresh in salads or pesto, and equally as yummy grilled or roasted or added to just about any savory dish you are cooking. They are mild compared to the bulb, which will be harvested and cured in a couple of weeks. My favorite preparation is to pickle them into a relish and whole pickles too, which can be enjoyed well after the season ends. The garlic flavor marries well with our signature spicy sweet brine.
The light that evening was especially magical. A beautiful sunset lit up the rye fields into a golden hue. I was so thankful I grabbed my camera before we left. A large swath of the daintiest purple wildflowers had me weak at the knees. And upon closer inspection the rye stalks were lovingly occupied by a mass of lady bugs. My loves and I picked away into the dusk and were in awe of the inspiring natural display happening around us.
We left with our baskets full of an heirloom harvest and our hearts full, grateful for this life.