I love peas. read my garden journal and you’ll see why. I have a favorite picture of pea haying from the mid-40′s that is near and dear to my heart. In that simple photo I see a whole different world, one that I am slightly envious of and one that I question whether I could stand up to in today’s world. The pea fodder they are raking is to be used for feed during the winter months as alfalfa and hay are today. They used what they had to the greatest benefit and the thought of the butter and cream that the dairy cows produced after being fed that sweet pea fodder makes my mouth water. I love real cream almost as much as fresh picked peas, the deep yellow color, the sweet, rich smell, the thickness of it as it coats a bowl or spoon before being mixed into batter or ice cream. It is difficult to find good, simple cream anymore but it is worth the effort!
In honor of the great simplicities in the garden Toree and I have decided to throw are own GardenforLife Party in her glorious garden at the end of July. We are featuring three vegetables that are commonly thought of as either difficult to prepare or limited in their uses: beets, eggplant or cucumbers (depending on how the garden grows, of course) and summer squash. We are excited to bring local, seasonal produce to the forefront of this tasting party, where we will discuss the merits of each from seed to harvest and will provide recipe cards for preparations options and a brief outline of the vegetable itself. We are so excited to invite friends and family into Toree’s wonderful garden for an evening of like-minded people, education, and the garden’s bounty!