I know this is a very crass and bad analogy, but each year as the markets wind down, I feel a bit like Oskar Schindler. Could I have eaten one more tomato, one more red pepper. Last week, as I fixed up my birthday meal, I wanted to make the classic salad combination of cucumbers and tomatoes. We still have many tomatoes in-house, but it turns out, we had no cukes. I went to the Oak Park market a bit fearful that I had blown it, that my last taste of a good cucumber had come and gone, and I hardly noticed it. Luckily, I was wrong. I left the market with a few.
I also cannot get enough basil this year. I have become quite addicted to its licorice-ish tang, and I add it to nearly all salads I make (including potato salads) as well as various pasta dishes. From the small Catalina Farm stand at Oak Park, I got some basil, some cherry tomatoes, and some peppers in odd colors (purple, brown). From Farmer Vicki’s Genesis Growers, I got my cucumber fix and more tomatoes as I know how perilous those are. From the farm known simply as the Farm, we got a big white head of cauliflower. Fruit is still in wide abundance and from Skibbes, we went crazy with peaches and raspberries and grapes (two types) and plums. Last, from Nichols, we got my wife’s favorite apple, the Macoun. At least with that, we know the season is a fleeting week or so.
Our CSA this week contained no melon, but was otherwise pretty good:
- Beets with greens
- Squash (two types)
- Red peppers
Last week’s purchases here.