Who Needs a Farmers Market??

August 26, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

What a great time we had visiting James’ mom in Lynchburg! I was tired when we got there though. We had just dropped my sister and Dan off at the airport and then came home, unpacked from Asheville, packed for Lynchburg and off we went!

There are a LOT of animals at this house. Toby tried to claim his territory


Please excuse the crazy hair.

James’ mom is an awesome gardener and so one of the first things she did when she moved was to build a place where her garden would be protected from all outside evils (aka deer, groundhogs and moles!!)

Welcome to the garden fortress:

Six foot walls that go up to keep out the deer as well as  3 1/2 foot fencing BELOW ground to keep all those burrowing critters out.


It was the end of the season so this place was even MORE full of plants and vegetables earlier this summer!! I couldn’t believe it when she told me that! The second I got back from my run one morning, we got to picking.


Cherry tomatoes:


These are seriously like candy. I was just eating them off the vine. YUM!


Fairy eggplant: The skin on these isn’t bitter like the large eggplant. They’re even a little sweet tasting!


Rainbow tomatoes: These were absolutely HUMONGOUS!!


Basil (she also had parsley, mint and rosemary)


Chard: How beautiful is this?? Who knew nature could make such a gorgeous and vibrant color?


James trying to dig up some Jerusalem Artichoke..too bad we couldn’t find any   😦


Our bounty:


And Toby was guarding it all of course


And there was other stuff in there I didn’t get pictures of! Green beans, larger eggplants, banana peppers, zucchini, 2 kinds of squash, green and yellow peppers and earlier this season she had grown potatoes! Have you ever had a freshly grown potato? They’re supposed to be amazing – very buttery tasting! And all of this is organically grown – can’t say they’re organic since we don’t know what was put in the soil before James’ mom moved here.

One of  my favorite things was walking out to the garden the night I was helping to make a Ratatouille and just picking the eggplant I would be using. They were still warm from being in the sun.

The recipe for this was from Cooks Illustrated so I can’t give out the recipe but it was pretty easy. The majority of what was in here was from the garden which made it even better : green and yellow peppers, zucchini, fairy eggplant, tomatoes, basil, parsley. The only thing not from the garden was the onion and the cous cous it’s served over!


If that’s not fresh food I really don’t know what is.


Now we have a HUGE amount of tomatoes, eggplant and peppers on our counter and I’m trying to think of every way we can possibly use them. I don’t want one cherry tomato going bad. They’re too delicious to waste!

First day of orientation today! Eek! Let’s hope I can figure out the parking/bus system at this crazy school.

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