This week has been much calmer. T-ball has ended for the summer and we have enjoyed a little more time at home. Tom and I are both homebodies but I think we are raising two little socialites. Finding the right balance is a trick at our house. But we keep trying.
Our big outing for the week is the county fair for Jefferson County Nebraska and last night was spent enjoying the rides. This particular fair is good for us because most of the rides are for younger kids. Each girl had their favorite. Livie loved the hot air bounce so much she had to do it twice and my Autie loves the carousel but I think the flying elephant ride actually topped it a little bit last night. We ran into their cousin Adam and he took the girls to the sheep barn where their family had several entries. He girls would love to have some at our house but Tom is reluctant. Honestly, so am I. Animals are a lot of work and we already have our hands full in that department. Today Livie has a birthday party and Tom and Autie are going to run some errands.
On the farm we are trying to get caught up on weeding and watering. I will soon be planting fall peas, fall green beans, fall cabbages and lettuces, spinach and some late tomatoes. This week I think is the tomato bumper crop. Last night we held our first Fresh and Fabulous Friday patio grillers. The turnout was low, butt he food was awesome. Tom grilled burgers, sweet potatoes, onions and zuchinni. I sliced a big plate of tomatoes and yes we enjoyed a rainbow platter. Last year Autie would not even try a tomato. This year she gobbles them up faster than anyone. She likes it when I offer her the different colors.
I have spent the last two days getting ready for tomorrow. I will be at the Old Cheney Road Farmers Market in Lincoln, Nebraska from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In tow will be a huge assortment of fresh from the farm goodness that I hope you will let us help you complete your dinner table for the week ahead.
This week the colors, textures and flavors continue to change. I have an entire rainbow of cherry tomatoes AND slicers. You name it I have it... the shooting star, yellow pear, red fig, juliette red, chocolate cherry, snowberry, white rabbit, and the Stupice in the cherry and plum division. In the slicer division I will feature the Nebraska wedding tomato, the Great White, orange and yellow ox heart, yellow beefsteak, Black from Tula, Black Krim, Japanese Black Trieffle, Paul Robeson, the Raspberry Lyanna, Juane Flemme’ and several others. I will also have Jet Star. I will also have some canning tomatoes with me for those lookign for a larger volume.
Other items this week will feature a nice selection of peppers. I have some beautiful yellow bells and Italian peppers. In the smaller range I will have green and yellow bells, gypsy, and chili and jalapeno peppers. Later on I will have some pimento peppers and both large and small red bell peppers. I also have a nice selection of eggplant – little fingers in green and black, black beauty, and a smaller variety of the black beauty.
I will also have two types of crabapples, potatoes, okra, onions, leeks, collard greens, Swiss chard, parsley bunches, mint, bunches, cucumbers, zucchini and several types of summer squash. Throw in some hard red winter wheat berries, Tabouli kits, sweet corn and farm fresh eggs.There are scores of possible decisions to make, but you could easily fix an entire week of meals from fresh. I hope you will stop by and discover how beautiful a week of fresh from the garden flavors can be. Have a fresh and fabulous weekend!