Sunday, June 29, 2008

It All Comes Due

The farmer's market was ablaze with every beautiful summer fruit and vegetable you can imagine. Even a couple of nectarines and some non-hothouse tomatoes made their appearance. Blackberries (destined to be tonight's dessert), blueberries, and the last of the strawberries all called to me and filled our little cloth bags and plastic quart-sized containers. Homemade violet jelly and some delectably mild goat cheese also came home with us.

Our CSA share was also brimming with goodies. From kale to chard, from a few more blueberries to radishes and salad turnips, we'll be eating well all week.

Even our garden is going gang-busters, after a brief lull between the rapini-and-radish feasts and this new abundance. While our corn and potatoes are still a long way from being ready, we harvested our first zucchini, a handful of green beans and purple beans, and tons of mint and basil this week. The peppers and tomatoes have their first fruits ripening on the vine.

For this week's One Local Summer meal, we grilled--almost embarrassingly for the first time this season.

While drinking a dry cherry martini...



...we snacked on a few barely-steamed sugar snap peas.



After farm-fresh steaks, corn, and foil packets of potatoes and onions all grilled...



...we feasted on this all-local celebration of a meal:



What fun my whole family is having looking at everybody else's meals! We've gotten a lot of inspiration for our upcoming meals, too. Thanks, everybody!

7 comments:

The Tell-Tale Heart said...

Even the gin in the Martini was local!

Madeline said...

Dry Cherry Martini? What a fantastic idea.

The Purloined Letter said...

All the martini was was gin, dry vermouth, a dash of peach bitters, and a ton of ice--then garnished with a fresh cherry instead of an olive. It was wonderfully refreshing! And Tell-Tale is right: the gin was from right here in Maryland!

Red said...

Just give me the Martini and the Sugar Peas and I am good to go.

Carrie K said...

So all local! Good job. Blackberries, yum. I once canned blackberry jam, delicious but oh my word. Lot of hot work.

C Meir said...

I can almost taste that. Great color on the green beans

mikaela said...

Nice -- I *love* the pretty martini! :)

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