1349 Gunbarrel Road, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Summer Garden Goodness!

After harvesting pounds of organically-grown Natchez and Apache blackberries in June, we’re now transitioning into the July blueberry season, so that means hours of picking from our 40 bushes.  We can’t wait to share them with you next summer through a variety of recipes we’ve been collecting, from blueberry bars and muffins to pancakes, syrup and jam.  

Nancy Braud with the first thornless blackberries from the garden at St Francis Cottage
We’ve had great success this summer growing White Cherry Organic Tomatoes from seeds purchased from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, which are as sweet as candy!  We’re also enjoying our harvest from Johnny’s Alexandria (F1) seeds, a Mid-East Hybrid Specialty Zucchini Squash that’s absolutely scrumptious, and their Dunja (F1) Organic Hybrid Zucchini.  We made loaves of zucchini bread for our son Michael’s road trip, who recently visited from Berkeley, California.  Eating from the garden during these hot summer months is such a special treat!

Thornless blackberries on the bushes at St Francis Cottage
This year's berries!

Blueberries on the bush at St Francis Cottage
About to start this year's harvest.

Wallace and Nancy Braud with a small portion of the 2015 Blueberry harvest at St Francis Cottage
Some of the 2015 Blueberry Crop

White Organic Cherry Tomatoes from Johnny's Seeds at St Francis Cottage
White Organic Cherry Tomatoes from Johnny's Seeds.  Sweet as Candy! 
Mid-east hybrid specialty zucchini squash and dunja organic hybrid zucchini
Mid-East Hybrid Specialty Zucchini Squash and
Dunja (F1) Organic Hybrid Zucchini


  1. How wonderful! Hope you didn't get too many scratches from the thorny blackberry bushes! Well worth it, right?

    1. Thank you, Nancy! Thankfully, the blackberries are the thornless variety. We can't wait for all the Caveys to come and visit after we're open. Perhaps a reprieve from a Winnipeg winter?