Rain has fallen at long last. What a relief! I am imagining that farmers harvesting for the tailgate market this evening are relishing any rain falling on them, and extremely grateful for rain is falling on their crops.
I spent most of yesterday dealing with getting water to my own parched garden. On my way to the nursery to buy another hose, I stopped by the tire store to ask honest Mr. Fender to take a look at my tires. The conversation turned to gardening. He got me thinking about soaker hose, so I ended up buying some. His recommendation? Pay a little more for a good one. Don’t make the mistake of buying the dollar store variety that will, according to Mr. Fender, tear up the first time you kick it around.
Food at the markets is tasting really summery. Just about everything is in now, at least in small measure. Last week the tomatoes were mostly gone by 8:30. The market itself was packed and lines were forming by 8:05. What did I see?…for starters, cucumbers, squash, peppers, tomatoes, garlic scapes, potatoes, beans, greens, roots, gorgeous sunflowers, and Tom Elmore even had some little Pristine apples.
I went to the North Asheville Tailgate Market so I could buy some bread at the NCOBFP Bake Sale. All week I have been enjoying sandwiches on Jennifer Lapidus’ Rustic loaf. Jennifer reports that almost every single item
NCOBFP Bake Sale
was sold at the Bake Sale, and that the bakers loved your enthusiasm.
The Bake Sale was packed, and the line for Farm & Sparrow Bakery snaked past Treska Lindsey’s book table. She was signing her newly re-published book “How Batistine Made Bread”, of which she donated a portion of the sales to the NC Organic Bread Flour Project. This wonderful picture book is about a little girl making bread from scratch ~ all the way from gathering the grain to ending with a bite of fresh-baked bread. Batistine is endearing all the way through the story, and the hand-drawn illustrations capture your heart. When the book first came out in 1985, New Yorker magazine listed it among the best children’s book of that year.
How Batistine Baked Bread by Treska Lindsey
Next, Slow Food Asheville is hosting a Beer & BBQ fundraiser in support of the North Carolina Organic Bread Flour Project. It’s on Saturday, July 17 from 5-8, and will be held outside next to West End Bakery in West Asheville. Tickets are $25. and the list of food providers is lip-smacking awesome. Go to Slow Food Asheville for more info.
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