2016.10

It has not stopped raining. Honestly we have stopped totaling the inches as they neared double digits. It’s been that kind of week. The consistency of the downpours and the frequency has definitely put a damper on our plans for the week as the rain fell and the creek raged. Trying not to get too down in the dumps. We mulched at every opportunity and did our best to keep busy busy as the weather thwarted all hopes of working out in the fields.
My mother in law sits on the advisory board of a local group Sustainable Glasgow. Their main project is a farmers market in adjacent Barren County, but they as a group are striving to educate our area about the importance of a thriving local economy. Last night they organized a fund raiser complete with farm to table dinner and live music. When a pair of tickets was on offer to our household, I couldn’t say no. (Farmer Paul did say no, so it was Madeline as my date).
The meal itself was all sourced locally and the food was served family style. We arrived late (because of a torrential down pour at our desired departure time) but were ushered to a table with some friends we knew. Following the meal we took a walk on the square in Glasgow and returned to the restored Plaza Theater in time for the show.
The music was awesome! The opening musicians were local folks I knew and their performances were charming. The main act, the Adam Ezra Group from Boston, rocked it and I fell into the excitement only live music can offer. Madeline started to droop at our normal 9:00 bedtime but I said let’s hold on, shows work to a crescendo and I wanted her to experience the finale, which was indeed grand. Despite the fact that we arrived home after 11:00 we were charged up and thrilled with the chance to have such a great time here in our neck of the woods.
I know live music is an integral part of your lives, you all live in the music city for goodness sakes, but for me, not so. The power and energy exchanged is not to be beat.
It’s been a dark week in the news and the weather so this was just the light I needed to carry on. I hope you all are finding light where you need it and I remain humbled and grateful for your support of our farm and our life’s work. Y’all are super. Enjoy these cucumbers, I personally can not get enough of them…

week ten in your basket:
napa cabbage
summer squash or zucchini
cucumbers
herb choice
onions
garlic
first taste of summer option

Thai Cucumber Salad
From budget bytes, any version of cucumber salad should be on the menu in your homes this week, this is just one option!

⅓ cup rice vinegar
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
½ tsp toasted sesame oil
¼ to ½ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp salt

2 large cucumbers
3 green onions
¼ cup chopped peanuts

In a small bowl, combine the rice vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, and salt. Set the dressing aside to give it time to blend.
Peel and slice the cucumber . Place the sliced cucumbers in a large bowl.
Chop the peanuts into smaller pieces, if desired. Slice the green onions.
Add the dressing, peanuts, and green onions to the sliced cucumbers. Stir to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to eat. Give the salad a brief stir before serving to redistribute the dressing and flavors.

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