“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps one in a continual state of inelegance.” Jane Austen
Hot it is! And humid. Air so heavy. And the time of year I cannot get my hands clean.
The term “green thumb” is a direct reference. Every time I trellis tomatoes I look in the mirror and I look like the incredible hulk. I like that image! But I am quite sure other folks think it strange that I walk around green and, perhaps, find it inelegant. Green face, green hands, and hopefully, green thumb! Much about farming is not elegant:)
Farm News: I have been out of town with best friends this weekend. So fun….in Asheville… an eclectic and fantastic city. We heard some amazing music, ate delicious food, even went through the Asheville farmer’s market and purchased some sinful cinnamon rolls, peaches and other things!
And got everything ready for CSA delivery tomorrow. Which brings me to…..
A few spots left for Dog Days CSA. 8 weeks of summer vegetables including tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, onions, sweet corn, okra, field peas, spaghetti squash.
Delivery and market pick up available as always….sign up here if you don’t want to miss out! my-site-101402-102716.square.site
What’s in the bucket: NO cabbage….yay. Tomatoes, basil, summer squash, zucchini, sweet onions, peppers, cherry tomatoes and/or okra, and a few potatoes.
Tomato Cucumber Basil Salad
- 2 Lb Tomatoes cut into wedges (cherry tomatoes, big tomatoes any homegrown tomato will work)
- 1 Cucumber (thinly sliced)
- 1/2 cup sweet onions -sliced
- 2-3 Tbs red wine vinegar or lemon juice (+ more to taste)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 c basil leaves + blossoms (for garnish)
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt + black pepper to taste
- fresh mozzarella, or feta, or parmesan cheese (optional)
Slice the tomatoes, cucumbers and onions in a large salad bowl. Sprinkle with a small pinch of salt and give them a gentle toss.
Drizzle the olive oil and red wine vinegar (or lemon juice) over the sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. Season with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper and toss to coat well. Taste and adjust seasonings with more vinegar and salt then stir in the fresh basil leaves. Allow the salad to sit in juices 5 minutes. Add cheese to serve.
Happy humidity, happy tomato, happy inelegance, and thanks for buying local food from Circle S Farm!