I rarely share recipes because I rarely use recipes. I find Michael Pollan's adage that we shouldn't eat products with more than five ingredients counts double for summertime meals here. Tomatoes, mayonnaise, bread: that's lunch. Corn, tomatoes, lamb burgers: that's dinner. For any other snacktimes, its cucumbers, salt-shaker.
The first ears of sweet corn are being picked on JD Farms in Redding, and they are available for the first time this weekend in our Farm Store. The first picking is a momentous day for us. Lou D'Allesandro, the farmer from JD Farms, pulls in to hoots and hollers, and it is a genuine hoe-down: farmers drop their tools where they stand to sink teeth into fresh cobs, raw, and still cool from the morning dew. It's just the start of the season, so the ears will fatten up with the August sun, but for those of us who haven't had a real ear of corn since last September, the first picking is the sweetest.
Here is one recipe I will share: Corn and Heirloom Tomato Tart! Tried and true (though I confess I don't usually make the crust - so I skip over the first bit.)
Come by the Farm Store this weekend and indulge in a summer-fest of good food.
And speaking of SummerFest, The Hickories will have a farm stand (for the first time!) at Ridgefield's Summerfest tomorrow, Saturday, July 23rd, from 10am-4pm on Main Street. The Hickories on Main Street?!? Yes! Give a big high-five to Rachel and Alex if you are there, and pick up some tomatoes or other fresh-picked organic vegetables for snacking!
Also available in the Farm Store this weekend:
lettuce, arugula, squash, cukes, new potatoes, garlic, eggplant, peppers, kale, chard, scallions, leeks, fresh cut field flowers and herbs!
All the best,