Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Fruits (and Veggies) Of My Labor

This year I am growing three kinds of tomatoes and red peppers. There is absolutely nothing more delicious or flavorful than homegrown tomatoes; ones that are store-bought don't even come close. Other fruits and herbs I have in my garden are "Gordon" apples, white figs, basil, rosemary, two kinds of thyme, mint, (all I need is parsley and sage and I can go to Scarborough Fair!), and blackberries. All the fruits and veggies are at different stages of becoming ripe; I've had a couple of tomatoes already and lots of basil. I love putting it in anything I can! One of my favorite summertime sandwiches is Horizon low-fat cream cheese, tomato, basil, and some Garlic & Herb Mrs. Dash. Can you say "Yum"?! Cream cheese and cucumber is also very good. I'm hoping that I can harvest my blackberries when they ripen before the squirrels or birds get to them. I had one lolely little blackberry that was almost ripe and "somebody" got to it before I could! I'm hoping that won't happen this time; we'll see. The apples are so good in pies - my mom bakes a mean apple pie! I need to get her recipe and try making one this summer. I'm not quite sure how I'm going to get those apples at the top of the tree - it will be "interesting" to say the least! My brother's birthday is in September and he always requests mom's apple pie for his birthday dessert. I must say that it is a little difficult to put candles in pie crust!

My father planted the fig tree from a cutting that my uncle gave to him. Figs are not my favorite (it's a texture thing), but I have quite a few friends that like them so I will be able to indulge them with figs this summer. I think I may try finding recipe to bake some fig-type bars or cookies.

Do you have any fruits, veggies or herbs growing, and if so, which ones?


Bead-Mused said...

Well, I'm hungry now. We love our veggies, and your tomato-basil sandwiches sound absolutley yummy! It finally got hot enough (yes, that is rather funny) for our okra to grow, something that reminds me of my grandmother. We've pretty much got an entire salad in the back yard, but the heat is too much now for the lettuce and spinach. They were yummy!

Kitchen Sink Stamps said...

I am hungry too!!!!
Yum!!!!! I see apple pie! Don't let Danny know there are tomatoes or you won't have any!!!!! ;)
Beautiful photos Sue!

julie Haymaker thompson said...

not to long and all those green goodies will burst forth with color!!!