When I came back from the farmer's market this morning, I went out back to collect Tally-droppings was rewarded for my toiling, the hydrangeas have exploded in a rainbow of lavender, violet, powder blue and cream. I could not resist cutting some to fill a vase.
The farmer's market was bountiful with some interesting and exciting produce today. Early peaches! They are hard as rocks but very fragrant. The sample was sweet and tangy. A few days on the counter and these will be a beautiful dessert sliced up and drizzled with raw cream. I may have to pick up some burrata, prosciutto and arugula to make Jamie Oliver's peach salad this weekend.
The guys from Dallas, GA weren't out as their Mom had surgery over the weekend so I picked up some hydroponic romaine lettuce from another vendor. It's crisp and delicious but the flavor isn't the same as when it's grown in the soil. Also, snapped up the last of the local strawberries. These are super-ripe and will have to be gobbled up in a day or two lest they go over. I'm up to the task!
Have you ever had chow chow? Oooh, it's so goooood! I had to have this, it's a hot one made with jalapenos and habaneros. I'll be putting a good glob of it on a grassfed burger this week.
I got one big summer squash, just picked this morning, a very pretty variety of spinach with deep purple stems (the poye spinach isn't ready yet) and a dozen radishes that I traded for a kombucha scoby. I'm going to slice and quick pickle them and serve them in a salad with the spicy green tops. All in all, it was a good take, $18.50 total including the trade and the $6 jar of chow chow.
I've had tremendous success brewing kombucha since purchasing a live scoby from Savvy Teas and Herbs etsy shop. The dehydrated culture I purchased last year ended up in the trash as it never would reanimate after months of feeding. If you are interested in brewing your own kombucha and would like a live and active culture visit Savvy's site or contact me. Every batch I brew a new baby culture grows. I'd love to see them go to a good home.
I'm currently sipping on a coconut ooling kombucha that I bottled with some pineapple juice added for second fermentation. Tangy, tropical and super fizzy! Is there such thing as healthy soda pop? Yes and you can make it yourself.
This is my next batch, organic green. It will be ready to bottle on Thursday.
Finally, here's a pic of my outdoor girl just hanging out in the container garden, she just came back from a "mad five" where she runs like a maniac up and down the length of the yard for five minutes and then has to just rest a spell.
As always, your comments are most welcome. What is ripe and blooming in your area?