V and I had some errands to run this morning so I made him stop at the farmer's market before we went home. It has been years since he has been there and he was surprised at how much it has grown. We stopped in to see J17 at work and chatted with her boss, Nan. To my delight, Nan gifted us with a HUGE bag of basil. It seems that for some reason, the basil wasn't selling today and she still had two other bags with only an hour of market to go.
Look at this!!
So I made pesto...
But what to do with still MORE basil.
I hung two huge bunches to dry for in soups and sauces this winter and still I had a third of a bag left. So, I made some basil butter. Mmm... I hadn't tried it yet but saw the recipe and gave it a go. It is fabulous. 2 sticks of butter, softened, 3 cups packed basil, 2-3 cloves of garlic (I just used one giant clove!), some fresh ground pepper and whirl it all in the food processor. I've got some in the fridge for use and then I made little balls (about a heaping tablespoon) and put them in the freezer for use later.
And yes... I've still got some basil left! But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
At least we'll have pesto this winter, even if we don't have much else from the garden! Thanks Nan!!
For another fun thing, this afternoon, J17 and I stopped in at Fae Ridge Farm. We've seen the sign on our way home for a long time and finally decided to stop. Unfortunately, the owner wasn't home but there was a wonderful group of women sitting around the tiny little farm shop, knitting and spinning wool. They were quite welcoming and said that they are there almost every Saturday afternoon and would love to teach us whatever they can. Talk about fabulous! And it is only about 3 miles from home. We will definitely be back. Especially since we found out that several people there had also been at Miss Effie's last weekend, so there is already a connection. It should be fun. Of course, J17's first question was "Can we get a goat?" Um, maybe some other time.
One downer this weekend, I put in a call to a guy who was advertising wheat straw on Craigslist because I want some for mulch and chicken nests, etc, but he has never called me back. Bummer. Of course, it is a crazy weekend here in town with RAGBRAI having a stop over here last night. I'm still hopeful that I'll hear from him.
Now, I've gotta go and make some caprese salad. Yup, we've got a few tomatoes and picked up some fresh mozzarella this morning. Hmm.... I just wonder where I will ever find some basil.....
And if you hadn't noticed, the word of the day is FABULOUS! Could be I'm in a good mood.