Thursday, September 03, 2009
Fresh Sweet Corn from our Wonderful Neighbors!
[by Mike] There is nothing quite like experiencing the warmth and hospitality of kind neighbors. In this case, our new neighbors (the local Mennonite family that owns Trickling Springs Country Store on a farm down the street), made an early morning delivery that was most wonderful -- they surprised us with a treat of Fresh Sweet Corn on our doorstep, completely unexpected.
I woke up early, opened the front door, and there on the steps was a bag of 14 ears of corn. The only reason I knew it was from the family about 1/4 mile down the road is that, when my wife and I stopped by their little country store to shop for fruits, veggies, cheese, and a few other items the day prior, we asked about the availability of sweet corn in the area and were told that this year they had not planted any for resale at their store, but had planted only what they wanted for their own consumption. I asked if they knew anyone else within a mile or two that was selling any sweet corn to the public this year, and they did not know of anyone that close.
So, it seems our inquiries about Sweet Corn gave the neighbors all of the clues needed to know that we really, really enjoy fresh sweet corn. And, in an act of complete selfless kindness, they decided to surprise us by reallocating some of their own supply to us. Thank you neighbors! And, this corn was absolutely awesome - fresh, delicious, sweet, and satisfying! (I hope we can grow some of our own next year too!)
Now, I feel the desire to bake them something from our Gluten-Free Desserts cookbook in return, as soon as we do some "research" to probe for what type of desserts they may like -- perhaps a nice Carrot Cake, Chocolate Cake, or even a Cheesecake? Well, we will have our work cut out for us... and, there are a few children at their farm location to gather dessert feedback from too. Speaking of farms...
Our New "Garden" (aka: Farm)
Here are a couple pictures of our new yard / garden / farm looking off our deck. There is a bit of overgrowth to say the least -- we did not have time to give the new "garden" the weeding it deserved as we were busy moving and all. And, much of the area is planted in soybeans currently (another gluten-free wonder-crop used in so many products these days), though we hope to slowly change that over to a wider variety of more specialized gluten-free grains, vegetables, and fruits over the coming years. (even some of that sweet-corn mentioned earlier)
Iin case you are wondering, no *we* did not plant the soybeans -- some local Mennonite farmer rented the "extra" space from us this year to raise soybeans on until we can get going with our ultimate wheat-free and gluten-free plans. We talked to him about potentially planting things like Teff, Millet, Sorghum, and so on for us in upcoming planting seasons, and it sounds like he may be able to help... sure beats trying to plant by hand -- his tractor and equipment will come in handy, though it sounds like we may need to acquire some seeders suitable to different grain sizes (I really have no idea what is involved yet; this is going to be a big, ongoing, learning process!)
As you can see, we will have our work cut our for us in the years to come. But, along with the work comes all sorts of benefits like: peace and quiet here (it is so totally quiet at night that it is hard to believe there is anyone within a mile or two), a nice view (right now, that view is green, green, green, all around as far as you can see), and room to just walk around and enjoy the great outdoors too. I guess we could also host a party for hundreds out on the lawn if we had to. lol.
Time to get back to some kitchen remodeling now, as we are transforming the baking area into something more conducive to creating more gluten-free desserts and other gluten-free foods. I hope to get this done soon, as we feel a bit out of place without the kitchen from our old house, and need a preparation area that fits our cooking and baking style. And, I also need to get Nick to write some more reviews, but he seems to have gotten busy with taking some College courses now too.