No produce on the counter photo this week, Gist was kind enough to pick up the CSA and put it away all while I took a nap. Instead I am showing off this sunflower that I grew with my own hands. This is my third year of container gardening on my balcony and, up until now, I have never been able to grow a flower from seed.
This week’s share contained:
- Swiss chard
- Summer squash
- New potatoes
- Sweet corn
The corn and potatoes have already become the first chowder of the summer, and some of the peaches became part of this most delicious cake: Cornmeal-Peach Upside-Down Cake.
In other news, July is one of my favorite times of year – it is always filled with a lot of fun. Gist and I just spent some time on lovely Mount Desert Island in Maine where we did nothing more strenuous than watching the tides and boats go in and out and the sun rise and set. It was hard to come home (serious understatement.)
And, of course, beer:
This weekend is the Lowell Folk Festival, three days where downtown Lowell basically shuts down and welcomes visitors and musicians from all over the world.
The music is folk in that it is traditional music from around the world, and the acts range from polka and bluegrass to urban dance/hip hop and zydeco.
There is also a lot of ethnic food to sample – many of Lowell’s immigrant communities have booths with traditional food for sale – you get to eat your way around the world.
There’s a parade…
Activities for the kids…
And local artists sell their wares in a lovely courtyard.
Local acts can be seen and heard in cafés, restaurants and bars around town as a part of the Lowell Folk Festival After Dark.
Another bonus? Friends always come to visit! If you are in Lowell, you’re probably already looking forward to the Folk Fest. If you’re in not in Lowell but close by, you should definitely come and check it out!