Sunday, July 31, 2005

Joycie's Garden: The First Feast

This afternoon Joycie and I went over to her garden and picked jalepenos, zuchini, lettuce and green beans, and then we dug up some new potatoes. We had us a feast!!!

I fried up some bacon, and sauted the green beans in a small bit of bacon grease with a little bacon, also. Little garlic. Mmmmmm mmmm.
Boiled new potatoes. Heaven.
BLT's with tons and tons of fresh, crunchy lettuce.
Yum yum yum, yum yum!

It was wonderful, all that fresh food. It tastes better picking it yourself, yes, indeed. And there's lots more to come. The corn is coming along great. Big pumpkins and watermelons. Tons of green tomatoes. We are really, really looking forward to the fresh sweet corn. This garden thing is great, and I love the time I'm spending with Joycie in her garden.

We also had fresh blueberries this weekend. There is a blueberry farm less than 2 miles from our home, and they have the most wonderful bushes... the berries are big and taste soooooo good. Joyce and I picked for a little more than 1 hour, and we got a bit over 20 lbs of berries! That was quick, and we picked on only 3 or 4 bushes. That is a lot of berries to a bush. It was a perfect blueberry picking experience! And they are only 89 cents per pound, which is a great price. The owner said they'd probably be picking through August, so we're going to go back often. We clean them (dry clean, not wash) and freeze them whole in bags, so they become like hard blueberry pellets. Take 'em out this Winter, all frozen and pour milk on with a little sugar, and it's Summer in your mouth! Blueberry daiquiris are pretty darn good, too.

And now we're heading over to my sister's because she called the berry girl (Joycie) to let her know she could pick more raspberries off her bushes. Kathy even dug up some starts for Joyce, so we could put in a patch here. I tried to grow raspberries when we first moved out here 20 years ago, but they didn't do very well. Too shady. Now we have the pond and have opened up quite a bit of the woods, so we have some sunny places. Joycie wants to put in a huge raspberry patch so we can make tons of jam. Sounds like a grand idea.

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