Cucumber & Peach Salad

I am in the middle of a  lovely and busy week.  Heather of the Texas Worm Ranch and I teamed up for a class on Tuesday.  We had a sweet, small group of ladies who enjoyed a wonderful herb themed lunch.  Those recipes will be posted later.  First, I need to post the recipe I made for the White Rock local market Go Texan cooking demo.  This was a great recipe and it was so much fun cooking for the patrons of our market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talk about simple and tasty!  This comes from the blog- The Spiced Life.com

For the basil, I substituted lemon basil and holy basil

 

Cucumber and Peach Salad

Ingredients
  • 3 medium cucumbers, peeled if the skin is thick and sliced into rounds
  • 4 medium peaches (ours were small so I used more), cut into chunks
  • 1 small red onion, very thinly sliced
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ c cider vinegar
  • 1 T water
  • 1 T agave syrup, or to taste
  • 1 T finely chopped sweet basil
  • 1 T finely chopped fresh mint
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Place the onion slices in a bowl with cold water to calm the onion fumes down. Set aside for 10 minutes while you prep the other veggies.
  2. Whisk together the water, oil, vinegar, agave and salt. Add the chopped herbs and whisk. Taste for more agave, salt or even vinegar.
  3. Place the cucumbers and peaches together in a large bowl. Drain the onion slices and add them. Then toss everything with the dressing.

– See more at: http://www.thespicedlife.com/2013/09/cucumber-and-peach-salad-with-mint-basil-vinaigrette-alex-chops.html#sthash.He3cjotF.dpuf

 

Give it a try- you will be glad you did!

 

 

Shop Local, Shop The Rock

One sweet lady shopping the rock!
One sweet lady shopping the rock!

I don’t know what the words “Farmer’s Market” mean to you, but for me the words bring back many wonderful memories of going to market with my great-grandparents and aunts and uncles.  The words also bring to mind the smells of dill and fresh washed greens- the smell of fresh washed greens, man that takes me back.  As a preschooler, my family lived in one of three houses located on my grand parents farm.  The big house belonged to my grand parents, the two smaller houses were rent houses belonging to my great-grandfather and all the adult children at one point or another lived in those houses.

Fortunately for me, I lived that close to my grand parents most of my life.  In spring and summer, greens were a large part of the produce grown on the five acres behind my house.  All the family helped with weeding, gathering, washing and growing.  Under the shed was a huge tank that would be filled with water, all the greens from the harvest would be washed in this tank.  As

My grandfather working in the fields.
My grandfather working in the fields.

the greens went in, the smell of fresh greens, well water, and soil all mingled together.  I love that smell to this day.  I say the tank was huge, but I really am not sure how big it was.  I can remember standing on my tip-toes with my nose just above the rim.  I was only about 4 years old, so I guess it may not have been THAT huge.  I had run of the fields.  My earliest and first memories are of farming and burying my bare feet in the soft sandy loam.  Perhaps that is why, to this day, I say life is better bare foot!

And now, here I am taking my own produce to market.  This spring began our first experience being vendors at the White Rock Local Market.  What fun it has been!  This is a great market run by fantastic people.  They have been so professional and organized.  Not to mention getting great publicity and advertisement.  I have had great “neighbors” set up next to me and have made friends with many folks.  Not only do I have a great place to sell my herbs, but I get to do my grocery shopping for the week with great local farmers.

The variety at the market is awesome.  You can purchase local mushrooms, olive oil, granola, bread, meat of all sorts, eggs, and worms!  Yes, worms.  Texas Worm Ranch brings out worm castings (great fertilizer), worm wine (liquid fertilizer) and the worms themselves.  If you are looking to start a vermicomposting projects, these are the folks to get you started.

Where you can find us:

Locations

White Rock Local Market @ Lakeside
1st and 3rd Saturdays
Lakeside Baptist Church
9150 Garland Rd
Dallas 75218
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White Rock Local Market @ Green Spot
2nd and 4th Saturdays
Green Spot
702 N. Buckner Blvd
Dallas 75218