Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Local Harvest

Some of you know how unabashedly covetous I have been this season of everyone else’s beautiful autumn harvests. While I was unable to put in vegetables of my own this year, I have nonetheless enjoyed the fruits of others’ labors in the form of tomatoes, onions, herbs, and more.

Over the weekend we drove out to a local farmer who sells eggs out of his driveway by the dozen. We’d never met the man before last weekend – in fact, it was sheer luck that we even found his little nook while out exploring one Sunday afternoon in spring. He keeps a styrofoam container filled with eggs with a little cash box near by. The eggs are always delicious.

When we arrived last Sunday however, we were pleasantly surprised to find an amazing array of vegetables and fruits displayed along the driveway in addition to the eggs. If PAL hadn't been there to stop me, I may well have come home with at least one basket of each item he had – which would have put me in the neighborhood of twenty baskets or more.

The apples, peppers, and lima beans you see here have been delicious. I'll have to add pumpkin pictures later when the sun rises. We came home with so much that I was able to divide up our catch among the neighbors and still have enough for a few meals of our own. Tonight: either chile casserole (a new recipe I found online), or chile rellenos (the ol' reliable).

I hope that you are all enjoying the autumn harvest!


  1. Nice photos. We too went to the country and bought some veggies for a stand; tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet corn on the cob and an egg plant!
    I should take a photo like you did.

  2. Love that pile of chiles! Our tomatoes are getting ripe by the dozens now. Too bad you're not closer, I'd be happy to share!

    The one thing we don't have that I badly want is apples. A couple of apple trees will be the first thing to go in when we eventually buy property. You just can't beat homemade applesauce.

  3. What a great post and love the photos...this is a special time of year. I love fall, I just wish it didn't precede winter sighhhhh....

    Have a great day, enjoy the bounty (looks like a soup in the making!!)

    Huggs, G

  4. Becky, thank you! I'd love to see photos of your bounty. Enjoy that corn - I hope to get some next weekend. This farmer has some amazing multi-colored corn!

    Lily, you have me wishing I were closer, because I would be so stoked to enjoy some of your tomatoes. The last time I grew tomatoes was two summers back - I just LOVED the ripening phase, especially with the cherry tomatoes - it seemed like the more we picked, the more there were. We gave away dozens of tomatoes, there were just too awesome to keep all for ourselves!

    By the way, I've never made homemade applesauce, but I'm sure you're right about the quality. What types of apples do you prefer for applesauce making?

    Geraldine, we feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy what the other famers have grown in the area. As for autumn and winter, they are absolutely my favorite seasons! Yes, we have many fun meals in the kitchen this week!

  5. I'm not really an experienced applesauce maker, but so far I prefer Gravenstein apples. They have a little tartness that gives it a nice flavor.

    It takes a lot of apples to make a little applesauce though, so the last batch didn't last long. :(


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