And to hang with the garlic, we have some more of those lovely thin skinned new potatoes. Red and white this time! Peter and I dug most of a long row up yesterday and I have to say, digging those red ones up really is like finding treasure. Not only are the BEAUTIFUL but I really like potatoes. This is the time of year that I start subsisting on potatoes, onions, and garlic, with fresh herbs. It makes my heart happy.
The reason it was only Peter and me: Doug is on vacation! Well, a true workers vacation. He is up at his farm in Canada, working on getting things ready for his inaugural season next year! Very exciting. I hear that there will be some relaxing peppered in, and justly so, because it may be the last summer for a while that he gets to do so! Because Doug is away, I, Helen, will be in Somerville tomorrow! And I can’t wait! It is going to be such a wonderful time. I have missed everyone there so much.
This last week, while hectic, was wonderful. I had some excellent volunteer help- my brother-in-law and and his girlfriend came for quite a few hours on Sunday and dismantled the spring pea trellis and my cousin and her roommate came Tuesday and seeded and weeded! And some special guests of honor from Michigan, my dear friends Roza, Ryan, and Chloe, their daughter/step daughter, came to help on Monday. Roza and Chloe harvested scoops and scoops of cherry tomatoes, while Ryan ripped through the weeds in the ginger hoop house! I hope you didn’t miss that--CHERRY TOMATOES!! SO delicious and finally coming in!
Because of how much we all enjoyed the volunteer time over the past few days, I would like to check and see if anyone else is interested. I am thinking of having a monthly (or bi-monthly) Volunteer Day on a selected Sundays. If this is something that you might enjoy, please send me an email and let me know. I will then collate responses and send a more detailed message. Volunteers may do things like weed, plant, frolic, take photos, or harvest! There is always something to do and many hands make fast work and happy hearts.
After all of our hard labor Monday, we went back to our new house and tried out a delicious new salad recipe a market customer told me about- Shaved Summer Squash! I sliced one of those beautiful stripers (Costata Romanesco) thin and minced some oregano, Roza grated the parmesan, and Chloe, layered everything in a bowl- single layers of each. We let it sit in the fridge for as long as we could stand, and then devoured it with the fresh grilled vegetables and burgers that Jim and Ryan had prepared. Such a feast. And I think that is what makes life good- preparing and eating good food with people you love. May you all get to do that soon!
Shaved Squash Salad
Passed on by word of mouth but there are many variations of this that can be found.
Summer squash to match the size of your appetite
Parmesan- grated thin or thick
Minced Oregano- Pull out thicker stems but leave in minceables for extra flavor!
Shave the squash as thin as you can. If available, a mandolin is helpful, but if not, a knife and some craft will do.
Layer the ingredients in a bowl or pan in single layers starting with the Summer Squash. The layers can be as thin or thick as you like, to match your ingredients or your taste.
Let it sit, if you can! After testing your will, enjoy!