Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Peas and Thank You

So, no garden this year as we know not where we will be at the end of the summer. If the farm sells quickly we'll be moving and building all at one time. It could happen ! My sister Teresa  listed her house recently and it sold 10 minutes later. Thus I could not  imagine I would be able to can and freeze produce while getting our house in order. Especially with the showing of the farm now beginning. Its hard enough to keep things picked up let alone deal with visitors while my Balls are scattered all over the kitchen.

Sad though, seeing our garden filled with weeds, I mean green cover crop, instead of cukes. The bright side of that equation is our little Farmers Market sponsored by the Stewards of The Land. Each week I scoop up the really good stuff at the end of the morning. I come home with very fresh VERY LOCAL produce, all chemical free and the other farmers have less unsold produce to take home.

Last week, I let my 3 Gk's do the shopping. Each picked the veggies or fruit they wanted and when it came time to eat it for supper all were willing to at least try the selections since the veggies were theirs.

Snap peas were a big hit. Sweet and beautiful they also served as a wonderful play item. Not exactly Don Corleone in The God Father but very close

" I have a sentimental weakness for my children and
 I spoil them, as you can see. They talk when they should listen"
                                                          -  The God Father
Little brother must copy all things Allana, at least for now. In a few years he'll have no use for her except to borrow her car or steal a T-shirt from her. So for now, a bit of play time at the supper table is OK by me.
"What did he say, badda-beep, badda-boop, badda-boop, badda-beep,
he wants us to send Michael to hear the proposition
and the promise is the deal is so good we can't refuse. Ha. "
                                                         -Santino Corleone
In addition to peas there were green beans, cabbage and mulberries. The berries were wonderful with a little bit of sugar and fresh raw cream. Tonight I plan to puree the leftover mulberries and use them for soap coloring. I'll either get a fantastic purple blue or a dark grey or if I am really lucky, a mediocre brown. Anyway, its worth a try.

Have a berry good day.


  1. Great food from local sources and GK's that really e a t the veggies they chose. That's a dream. And the weed in the garden is also happy. :-))

  2. Ah, fresh produce! My mouth is watering. We moved this spring and left our large garden plot behind. I miss it!

  3. Everything looks so good at the farmers markets these days....makes one overspend a tad.

  4. Much luck with everything going smoothly with the farm listing! Selling always makes life more interesting!

  5. Right on as always Donna. Perhaps it was the link you put up on your blog that allowed me to sell my house in 10 minutes?

    Keep writing, you are making all of us smile.

  6. Yeah Teresa ! You got the comment button to work. You are full of good luck this week are you not ?!?!

  7. I do hope your farm sells quickly. It could happen! It is sad to not plant a garden, but it would be even sadder to have to leave it behind. Great shots of your GKs! Loved the mulberries too. It's been a long time since I've had mulberry jam.

  8. Hi Donna,

    Think I will be taking your advice on Saturday for the farmers market and picking up milk.

    You mentioned cabbage. Do you think they have about 20-30# available? We are running low on saurkraut and need to make more.

    And Julie LOVES green peas. Hopefully they have them. Shucked or unshucked we be happy to get any extras!

  9. Doug, they often have cabbage but not sure if they will have that much. I will email that farmer and ask her to bring LOTS. Yes they have lots of peas. Hope to see you Saturday 301 W Oak Street Fairbury 8-12. Look for the blue tents

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