I believe that history and heritage are valuable, and that gentility among people is still the "currency of the realm." I believe in the solid principles that have been passed down from generation to generation; that there is value in a man's word, that there is goodness in the hearts of all men, and that a knowledge of the woods, fields, lakes, rivers, oceans, and the creatures and crops we find there, makes us better stewards of God's amazing earth!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Dog Days Bring Special Tastes

Been a while since my last post and like most summers, it's been a hot one here in Dixie!  Lots of 100+ degree temps that have fried lawns and made people downright irritable.  However, keeping things in perspective, we did have a cooler-than-normal spring so it was somewhat foolish for anyone to think that we weren't going to pay for our temperate good fortune.  Summer camps are in full swing and trips to the beach are almost always on the calendar!  All in all, it's been alright.

Even with all the hot temps, afternoon thunderstorms, fried lawns, etc., there is one thing that always makes me happy.  The NC farmer's market.  This is the time of year when all the wonderful corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, watermelons, etc. come in season and find their way to our kitchen.  There is no better time to be a lover of all things culinary. Whether enjoying today or canning/saving for the grey days of winter, this is a time to be absolutely enjoyed to the fullest.  So, if you have a farmer's market nearby, or just happen to be passing by a roadside fruit and vegetable stand, do yourself the considerable favor of picking up some local, farm grown produce and enjoy food that will forever be something positive when facing-down the dog-days, as they roll around each year!

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