Back Forty
Breaking in the new camera

Yesterday went fairly well; although I couldn’t find the energy to make paper, I got a lot of other things done.

The fabulous Zha K and I did a massive Greensboro Curb Farmer’s M arket trip. The seafood guy was there with sea scallops and large shrimp that he brought up from Harker’s Island. We bought a pound each and split them. When I cleaned the shrimp I found that they still had the heads on and so I ended up with very little shrimp, and that was disappointing. The scallops were wonderful though. Here’s what I did with them:

Marinate 1 pound of cleaned and dressed shrimp and scallops for at least an hour ( I marinated them for about 3 hours):

1/4 c olive oil
1/4 c lime juice
About 3 large minced cloves of garlic

Preheat oven to 450. Put the seafood in an oiled baking pan. Pour over marinade. Add fresh shredded parsley and basil, crumbled feta cheese, shredded parmigiano cheese and fresh ground pepper to taste. Bake for 5-7 minutes, until shrimp is pink. (You’ll notice that the marinade partially “cooks” the seafood.)

I usually serve this over pasta, but I didn’t last night. I use this basic marinade for all seafood, usually adding some hot pepper flakes and varying the herbs according to what I have in the garden. If I have fresh dill, that’s a plus.

We also had fresh corn on the cob and field peas and butterbeans. I bought 12 ears of corn, that same bicolor corn that was so good earlier this summer. I shucked it and cooked a few ears but I need to blanch the rest and cut it off the cob and freeze it today, along with the butterbeans and field peas that I just finished shelling.

Other farmers’ market buys: hamburger, milk, eggplants, red and yellow peppers, sweet onions, eggs, potatoes.

The buzz at the market is that the ownership and management is changing from Greensboro Parks and Recreation to the Department of Agriculture. No one yet knows what the implications of this change will be. There sure has been a lot of hoo-ha between the vendors who want to resell and the farmers who want a level playing field for selling their own produce. I’m on the farmers’ side, myself. If I want to buy from a reseller, I can go to any number of grocery stores in this area and find almost anything I want.

We hung out in the gazebo for a little while, where I am writing this right now, and then completed our shopping at Deep Roots Market. I heated up some fresh tomato sauce over cheese grits from yesterday for lunch, and man, was that good. But then I wore myself out and napped through the afternoon. Susanne was kind enough to come pick up my corn shucks and abaca and she will have the pulp beaten and ready for me to make paper over there today.

My lettuce and mustard seeds are beginning to germinate. That is going to be a very pretty bed if the rabbits and squirrels will leave it halfway alone.

By the way, I’ve been able to go longer and longer without pain medication and I feel pretty doggone good today. I even ate cereal on both sides of my mouth. I slept the whole night through last night.