My neighbor gave this to me after watching us work. Her father farmed, and we have leased their property for a number of years. I think she thought it was fitting.
I read it when I get tired or frustrated and it makes me laugh and remember why we keep trying.
Farm News: 3 more weeks of CSA. The rain is wreaking havoc on my tomato crop, which was looking promising. Also the raspberries -which mold with even a drop of rain (guess that’s why they grow well in dryer climates.) Tomatoes need heat, sun and no wet leaves to turn ripe and delicious. I haven’t given up hope.
I will be buying some things from the local food hub to supplement my buckets the next few weeks. I had a few crops fail – sweet corn, carrots and my peppers aren’t looking great. Hub didn’t have carrots, but plenty of sweet corn. I love sweet corn – and hate for anyone to miss out (including me) …and it feels good to support our new food hub. They have bought some things from me, so now I’ll buy something from them.
What’s in the bucket this week? Sweet corn from the food hub!! squash, cucumbers, beets, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, red and blue potatoes, perhaps a jalapeño pepper, black or blueberries.
Following – a recipe from Martha Schulman for Tomato, cucumber and corn salad. Good for dipping, to serve on top of grains or fish.
1 to 1 ¼ pounds ripe tomatoes, cut in small dice
½ European cucumber, 2 Persian cucumbers or 1 regular cucumber, peeled if waxy, seeded if the seeds are large, and cut in small dice
2 ears corn, steamed for 4 minutes and kernels removed from the cob
1 to 2 serranos or jalapeño pepper, minced (seeded for a milder salad), or 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper
Salt to taste
¼ cup chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Optional: 1 ounce feta, crumbled (about 1/4 cup)
Mix together all of the ingredients. Let sit in or out of the refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving, then toss again.
Advance preparation: This will hold for a few hours in the refrigerator.