When we got to the Hanover Farmers’ Market yesterday, thunder was rumbling in the not-too-far distance. We wouldn’t be able to linger. I went straight for the Cedar Circle Farm booth, where I was almost overcome by the vivid colors spread before me!
I spent all the cash in my pocket on this pile of (always organic) beauty:
When we got back to my parents’ house at the far end of Turnpike Road in Norwich, it was still too hot to turn on the oven or even think systematically about a meal. I pulled out a tub of hummus, and we used it as dip for the celery (the most celeryish celery I’ve ever tasted!) and the sungolds.
In spite of the sky–another storm brewing after some hot sun–we decided to cook out.
We had some grass fed ground beef from Hogwash Farm, so we decided to do burgers, corn on the cob, and a big chopped salad combining the tomatoes, some peppers, radishes from Killdeer, and cucumbers and herbs from our garden. Dressed with a bit of mustard vinaigrette, it was flavorful, cool, and perfectly satisfying.
This is the only season when a raw salad like that, with little adornment or special treatment, tastes so vivid.