Summer Produce


Summer in Ohio means baskets of tomatoes, bags of cucumbers, and boxes of fresh fruit from everyone you know.  They are not perfectly round, smooth tomatoes, but they do not come from Mexico or Canada.  They come from your front yard, your herb garden, or the pot on the deck.  They may have brown spots or a dent, but they taste so fresh! But the best summer treats always come from Don and Julia, our wonderful neighbors.  They have the most beautiful garden, where they are always experimenting with new types of vegetables and trying to get their pumpkins and squash to grow bigger than last year.  The first time they gave us a lemon cucumber, I had no idea there were so many different varieties of cucumbers! This yellow, baseball sized cucumber has a little prickly hair on the skin, but has the consistency of a regular cucumber.  When you bite into this whitish-green vegetable, it is as if the cucumber was infused with lemon juice. {See below.}

They also have twelve chickens that each produce one precious brown egg everyday. The chickens are not organic because of the price of the feed, but the chickies enjoy a large yard to roam around and get fresh air.  You can certainly differentiate these farm eggs from regular store bought eggs.  The color, the texture, and the taste are so much richer and more flavorful.  Julia is always reminding me she has a dozen eggs for us, and Don reminds me every time I’m there that I can come over and pick anything out of the garden to make a salad.  Their kindness is present all year round, but the abundance of fruits and vegetables in the summer allows everyone to share a little bit more.  People will stop by to drop off the fruits of their labor and stop to talk about delicious summer food.

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