My nephew and his wife showed up at the farm this weekend with a large cooler full of home grown vegetables and the largest bag of chanterelle mushrooms I’ve ever seen. The chanterelles were a special treat since the supply in the St. Louis area has dried up recently. But in south Missouri, where they’ve had more rain, they’re still plentiful.
With an outpouring of corn, tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers, jalapeno peppers, eggplant and purple beans, it was like Thanksgiving in July. (BTW, purple beans turn green when cooked. See beans in upper left corner above.)
I pondered whether to cook some favorite recipes or try a few new dishes. I decided to do both. Below is a partial food journal of the weekend.
The chanterelles were an unexpected treat. I was sure there were no more fresh ones to be had locally until next year. But my nephew, who lives in Marshfield, stumbled upon these on his farm this week.
Before leaving St. Louis, my daughter, Robin, had stopped by the Maplewood Farmers’ Market and found some splendid watermelon and peaches.