Sometime, in your life, I hope you get the chance to go out into a field and pick asparagus. And if, while you are there, you get to see a girl in a sun bonnet, well so much the better.
A work commitment kept me from my appointed rounds at the farmers market on Saturday.
So I was pretty happy to be able to go out to Pendleton's Market and get my weekly produce. It's amazing to see asparagus just popping up out of the ground.
Initially you might wonder how you could possibly fill up a basket.
But you can, in no time at all. It's a family affair, and if you want, you can also take a tractor ride out to the field and Mr. Pendleton will school you in the fine art of picking.
There were all sorts of things growing in the field and "along about July" they will have 9 different kinds of potatoes ready for digging. Raise your hand if you've always wanted to try that.
We made a stop at the tent for greens too. My hands were flying through the spinach, chard, and bok choy.
Then I came home and soaked and stemmed and chopped and lunch for the week was prepared.
I loved listening to these kids ask "which one is the spinach?" and "is that lettuce?" Such a great experience for them.
In addition to all that gastronomic goodness, they most definitely have treats for the eyes at Pendleton's. If you are into succulents, they have a great selection and some wonderful ideas for how to put them together. And don't even get me started on the combinations of flowers put together in pots.
P.S. did I mention I got to pet a kitty? Pure bliss.