Monday, July 16, 2007


The trip to Masonic Homes farm market this week was extra special. They had their first peaches in!!!! And plums! And still some cherries! And while I contemplate some fabulous desert combining all of them, I'm really just very happy eating a peach just as it is. Although last night I sliced one and ate it with my Black Raspberry sorbet on top. Very good. And look at all my veggies! See my adorable little lemon cucumber? Anyone have any cool recipes for lemon cucumbers? They will probably be made into pickles anyway.

This time of year is awesome. I buy hardly anything at the grocery store. Basically kitty food and husband food like soda and frozen pizza. Can you imagine having all these fresh things and prefering to eat frozen pizza? Neither can I.


Blogger Faith said...

Is lemon cucumber so named because of its color? Or does it have a lemony taste? Also, your husband is crazy. I love a good frozen pizza now and then but not now, when everything else is so fresh and perfect.

I replied to you over at the One Local Summer blog. Every week I send an email to Matt (my coordinator) with a link to my latest OLS post on my blog. I think you have to do the same (with Liz, of course).

1:59 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Oh, okay. I thought we just had to post and then our regional person rounded us up. Thanks. The cucumber is the size and shape of a lemon, but it still tastes like a cucumber.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

Maybe that's the way it was last summer? But this year it's gotten so big that I think it's easier on Liz (and the other coordinators) if they don't have to do the rounding up. I'm just speculating.

I'm excited, because this Saturday we're going to go to Shady Acres (which I keep wanting to call Shady Maples) and Meadowview Apiary. I'll keep an eye out for Roo. :o)

2:16 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Meadowview doesn't have much, just a self serve egg refrigerator and honey when he has it. Shady Acres has good dairy products but you can only buy them if you join their C.A.R.E. organization ($10) which basically covers their butts legally for selling raw milk products. you can buy the meat, poultry and whatever other veggies they might have though, without joining the org.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

I've been finding that out. We went to Meadow Run in Lititz this past Friday to buy some meat from their "farm store". Well, their farm store was a small shed with two freezers and a refrigerator, and you write down what you're taking and leave your money in the open cash box. We were like, Okay... there's no one to ask about anything? I read all of the posters on the wall to make sure we were getting local meat. So I was kind of expecting the same at Shady Acres and Meadow View (I need a source for local honey so that's why we're going there). I'm mostly interested in the meats at Shady Acres.

Thanks for the heads up, though. Now I know better what to expect.

2:38 PM  
Blogger Mikaela said...

Everything looks great!

2:39 PM  
Blogger Kitt said...

Yum! I've never found a "special" use for lemon cukes. They just look pretty.

I found an urban farm stand not far away ... it's totally hidden! Very exciting to know there's another option than waiting until the Sunday farmers market.

2:49 PM  
Blogger El said...

fyi, Faith and M: We coordinators are supposed to go and find YOUR postings. It's actually easier that way (and we get to play meanie if you're late by not including you :D)

Okay, M. I was going to say that I often tease Tom, only half jokingly, that my NEXT husband is going to eat everything. What I really need is an upgrade to Tom: a Tom 2.0, say, where he simply likes eating stuff out of the garden. OH, and cheese. (can you imagine someone who doesn't eat cheese.)

3:15 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

El, I say that too. NEXT Time, I'm screening the food habits better. My sister doesn't eat cheese. BUt that was because she choked on a piece when she was 4 or something and never ate it again. I shudder to think of a Bob 2.0. Maybe I can incorporate subliminal messages or something. But I really doubt it will ever change. Weird.

I thought I just had to post, but then didn't understand why I was never listed. I guess I just keep getting disqualified for one thing or another. OLS is pretty cutthroat this year.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Faith said...

Hm... Okay. Matt requested that we email him with links or post a link on his blog, so that's where I got the idea that we had to let the administrators know when we made a local meal. I guess I spoke out of turn -- I'm sorry.

4:16 PM  
Blogger cyndy said...

Oh I do love all the freshness of summer! (hey, maybe you can get the husband to put some of the fresh stuff ON the frozen pizza?)

Love the photograph! Masonic Homes Farm Market should use it for a poster!

4:17 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Matt probably does his a little different cause he so nicely offered to take the overflow people. Not a problem Faith. I'll just keep eating local and posting about it and whatever happens, happens.

4:19 PM  
Blogger El said...

I'm not sure how eggs and spuds disqualifies you! (Half my peeps' meals this week were eggs and spuds, the other half hamburger and corn, I swear.) I'm sure Leslie just missed you. And yeah, Faith, I think Matt has got a special system going. It's tough, really: we all want to gather everyone up, but dang, if you post on Monday at noon, then you're going to be missed. I feel like I disappoint people.

4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks wonderful! Your food displays are great, I can see the artist in you.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

OMG, you guys are nuts. ;)

Meredith, I don't know why Leslie is missing you in her round-ups, but be assured you have done nothing wrong and are not being disqualified. I sent her an email to include you in the future, so hopefully all is fixed (I've also added your meal to the post as an ETA, which I also did last week). I wish I could be more on top of things, but it's just impossible. I'm doing the best I can, really.

So jealous about the peaches!!!

9:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey now, I see some talk about me and I have to chime in. I'm willing to read e-mails, look at links and I also look at the sites that have "signed up" through me.

I do appreciate the e-mails though because that makes it much, much easier to round everything up, but it's all good. Either way I think we'll catch ya!

Just speak up! With 100+ people there's bound to be a few oopsies here and there!

10:18 PM  
Blogger kris said...

Your fresh fruit and veggies look fabulous! The only thing that beats a good market is your own garden (or a neighbor's!).

12:30 AM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Okay, probably I was reading too much into it. I tend to do that sometimes. So I'll just shut up now. And think about OLS Meal 4.

12:36 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I am drooling over that produce round up, meresy_g... and laughing over "husband food." Mine is "boyfriend food," but the same idea. In fact, I found out last night when I brought fresh sweet corn home from a farmer's market that he does not enjoy corn on the cob. Yes, you read that correctly... something about stuff getting stuck in his teeth. The cantaloupe that I brought in got a thumbs-down, too, because his parents always ate it and made him try some when he was little but he hated it.

These things might be deal-breakers if he hadn't looked out at the yard last week and said, "You know, the grass is dying out back anyway... we might as well take advantage of that and put in a new bed along the side..."

9:35 AM  
Blogger Petunia's Gardener said...

I haven't been in a grocery store for months! DH can pick up the few things we need. He won't eat my wonderful home grown beets. More for me I guess. THere are other things he won't eat either. If find it easiest not to be a finicky eater I guess.

I have lemon cucumbers growing and just put out an old gate for them to climb on. I understood they do vine some. Is this correct? They are supposed to do quite well in our cooler NW summers. I hope so.

2:11 PM  
Blogger meresy_g said...

Lemon cukes do vine well, so they will look great on an old gate. And they don't get so huge that they weigh the vine down.

11:16 AM  

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