New Jersey farmstands are just about in full swing, with the
world-famous sweet white corn, tomatoes, and yellow peaches
headlining the bill. The Kirby cukes make great asian cucumber
salad, and the beans are rock hard and dark green, picked this
morning. I try like hell not to buy vegetables in the grocery store
from July thru September, relying on the bounty of the local stands
instead. Yeah, you may pay a bit more for certain items, but just
knowing that the stuff is that much fresher makes it all worthwhile.
A close blogging friend put it best: "There's a lot to be said for letting
fruit and veggies ripen in the field instead of a warehouse." This
produce I consider to be 'artisanal', in that it takes more time to
nurture, to mature, and to bring to market than mass-grown and
harvested crops. There's a difference in the look, feel, and taste
of these fruits and vegetables. And they might not always appear
as perfect as their store-bought cousins. Billy Crystal once said,
"It's not how you look, darling, but how you taste." Or something
like that. By the way, this white corn was " the most obscenely
sweet and juicy, kernels pop in your mouth, where did that ear
just go? corn" I've had in about ten months. I'll be leaning over
the sink later-on tonight devouring the rest of the leftover ears.
Even if I'm not necessarily hungry.
BTW, is anyone else's basil exploding?