Fresh produce for a fine meal
My wife, Cheryl, and I were busy trimming hedges and vines early Saturday morning, before it got too hot. We’d started the project Friday night and left a small mountain of trimmings in the driveway. We wanted to complete the task, haul the branches to the landfill, and, we hoped, still make it to the downtown Janesville Farmers Market.
I had fresh raspberries on my mind, but by the time we arrived at 11 a.m. and saw the market crowded with customers, I wasn’t confident I’d find any. I did, however, find them at one vendor and bought a tub to pour on my breakfast cereal this week.
In his outdoors column in Sunday’s Gazette, D.S. Pledger says the abnormally cold spring likely set back the raspberry crop this year, but it is abundant. I’m glad. I still remember picking raspberries from my maternal grandmother’s expansive garden in the Dane County village of Marshall. Now, a bank parking lot covers the spot where I once picked strawberries and raspberries.
I was surprised to see vendors with sweet corn available already, and Cheryl and I got a dozen ears. We also picked up fresh broccoli, pea pods and green beans. Yum. I hope we can get to all the veggies before they sit in the fridge too long.
Oh, and we also picked out tomatoes. We paid a little more than we did at a grocery a week ago, but they were worth it. Cheryl made BLTs (she could open a restaurant, these are so good), and we boiled half the sweet corn. I wrongly feared the ears might be underdeveloped; instead, the corn was surprisingly tasty. What a great meal in the shade of our deck last night to conclude another very busy weekend.
We’ll have to gather some more produce next Saturday. Maybe we’ll see you at the market.
Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or follow him on Twitter or