So the way to pick chard is simple:
you look for the nicest leaves (ones
with little or no holes) and check to
see if the stem is at least nine inches;
if not then you leave it there to get
bigger for the next picking.
The next thing I did was weed fennel. For those of you who don't know what fennel is, I did a little research, because I didn't know either! Fennel is a perennial herb that is very similar to anise.It has many medicinal culinary values, and the bulb is good to eat too, especially with peanut butter!
While Emmanuel's daughter and I weeded the fennel, he and his sons picked patty pan squash. This is just three of the many rows of patty pan that he grows.
Patty pan is a flattish, round squash that can be stuffed with dressing or cheese and baked, or fried with butter and salt, or however you like to make it. I was fortunate enough to get to bring some home with me so I think I'm going to try stuffing it with cheese and bacon!