Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Some Fruits and Veggies While Wifey's Away

[Guest post by hubby.]

Andrea has reached the half way point on her Germany trip. She's just embarked on a week-long, mountainous hike with her dad, and the toddler and I can't wait to hear from her after she's done with all that hiking.

Meanwhile, back here in California, the toddler and I have been making sure that we get our fill of fruits and vegetables. Our patio garden helps with that.

The day after wifey departed for Germany, I harvested enough red leaf lettuce, arugula, and tomatoes to enjoy a quick mini-salad.

A couple of days later, the toddler snacked on some tomatoes right off the plant.

There were more ripened tomatoes after another couple of days.

The toddler made quick work of the littler ones.

 Visits to farmers' markets are always worth our while.

Raw cheddar cheese and basil accompanied the bigger tomatoes.

Practicing counting through fruit, in this case watermelon slices and blueberries.

More tomatoes.

The little ones disappear in a flash.

And the bigger ones complement the lettuce and arugula again.

Checking out another farmers' market.

Darn, good cherries.

Our recent CSA delivery consisted of pluots, apricots, cantaloupe, beets, summer squash, broccoli, assorted tomatoes, carrots lettuce, and cucumber.

Of which I prepared a super simple, quick salad using all the lettuce and cucumber for my brother, the teenager, and me several afternoons ago.

For most of my life, I've never really cared for vegetables and was not knowledgeable about things like organic food, locally grown food, or CSAs. These days, I'm very grateful for such knowledge and that my palate's horizons have expanded - and I have wifey to thank for all that.

Have you always enjoyed eating vegetables?