Thursday, June 28, 2007
So last night was our first One Local Summer (OLS) meal. I’ll begin at the center of the plate. My protein was a sirloin steak from Clarissa Allen’s farm. I had bought lamb from her before, but never knew she sold beef until this spring when I saw a Grass Fed Beef sign on her lawn. She has a small herd of about 10 now. The potatoes were from Glenn and Linda Hearn’s Tiasquam Brook Farm and the strawberries from Andrew Woodruff’s operation out at the old Thimble Farm. The lettuce was from Ethel and Ralph Sherman’s patch in Chilmark. For about two weeks every summer Ralph has the most extraordinary local iceberg lettuce. One outer leaf can cover sandwiches for four. I mixed that with salad greens from Blackwater Farm to give the salad a spicy bite.
From my own garden I managed to garner 4 small zucchini, a few garlic scapes and some VERY early garlic. I sautéed the garlic, added the zucchini and scapes flipped the pan a couple of times and then put ground salt and pepper and slivered mint leaves. Then I covered it and turned off the heat. The potatoes were seasoned from thyme, parsley, rosemary and garlic from my garden, and the salad with nasturtium blossoms.
That first bite of steak was sublime. Over the years Clarissa and her husband have planted over 27 varieties of organic grasses in their pastures and they tend to finish the herd on the south side of the property overlooking the ocean. The proof is in the taste.
So I would say I dined like a queen last night. Can’t wait until next week!
iceberg lettuce - Sherman Farm (2 miles)
Salad greens - Blackwater Farm (3 miles)
nasturtiums - garden (0 miles)
dressing Annie's Naturals Balsamic - (not local)
red potatoes - Tiasaquam Brook Farm (1.5 miles)
herbs and garlic - garden (0 miles)
olive oil salt and pepper (not local)
Zucchini, mint and garlic - garden (0 miles)
Olive oil, salt and pepper - not local
SLICED STRAWBERRIES WITH MINT
Strawberries - Whipporwil Farm
Mint - garden (0 miles)
GRASS FED SIRLOIN STEAK
one sirloin steak - Allen Farm (5 miles)
salt and pepper - not local
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I notice that Liz at Pocket Farm has posted her invitation for this year's One Local Summer Challenge. I wrote and told her I am in for this summer. I invite you to visit and browse and look at last year's entries and recipes and see if you wouldn't like to sign up too.
I held off buying Barbara Kingsolver's new book Animal ,Vegetable, Miracle in the hopes I would get it as a brithday present and I DID! What a great read.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
The rhododendron is flowering beautifully and is home to every bumblebee in the neighborhood. I love watching them at work. And on Saturday I even saw a sphinx moth in among them. I felt so smart building my table bouquet from the side of the rhodie that need pruning. In addition, the clematis is blooming as are the lamb's ear and blue iris.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Principe Borghese – 1 Boxcar Willie -7 Viva Italia – 2
Little Moma – 1 Radiator Charlie -1 Supersteak -3
Italian Sweet – 3 Sweet 100’s – 4 Costoluto Genovese – 1
As I spouted my litany to my gardener friend, Annie, I could see her brow get more and more furrowed. It wasn’t until I got to Early Girl and Better Boy that she relaxed and said, “So you’ll actually have some to eat this year.”
When I “went wild” and bought TEN of those Gardener’s Supply tomato ladders, I felt so extravagant. Now with 35 in the ground I’m wondering how to best support the rest. You can bet it will have SOMETHING to do with bamboo since I have an unlimited supply in a neighbor’s yard.
Meanwhile, I have had my first garlic scape sighting. As happened last year they are showing up on the Pskem. Pskem is a marbled Purple Stripe from
The peas have found the trellises, I’m pleased to say. And the inula royleana may just give me a bloom this year. If anyone out there has ever grown this successfully, I’d love to hear from you. As you know, I am NOT a flower gardener … not a successful flower gardener. And this pesky little specimen has only further contributed to that reputation.