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Life in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

World Peas CSA – Week Six (sort of…)


Day 201 - Wednesday, July 21st 2010 - I grew this!

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:

  • Amaranth
  • Swiss chard
  • Summer squash
  • Lettuce
  • New potatoes
  • Sweet corn
  • Basil
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines

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.

Day 200 - Tuesday, July 20th 2010 - Cornmeal-Peach Upside-Down Cake

It’s a Martha Stewart recipe that I adapted using some of The Kitchn’s suggestions. It was delicious, and I think the cornmeal base may be my new go-to upside-down cake recipe.

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.)

Lowish tide:

Watching the morning fog burn off

High tide:

Acadian Sunrise and Boats

And, of course, beer:

Day 196 - Friday, July 16th 2010 - Vacationland!
(I love, love, love that it’s called Vacationland!)

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.

Lowell Folk Festival - 2009

Lowell Folk Festival - 2009

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…

Lowell Folk Festival - 2009

Activities for the kids…

And local artists sell their wares in a lovely courtyard.

Art in the 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.

Life Alive Stage

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!


6 thoughts on “World Peas CSA – Week Six (sort of…)

  1. I’m not a fan of peaches, but *goodness* that cake looks good!!

  2. What a great post! I really enjoyed your photos from the low tide to the vacation land beer to the festival. The peach cornmeal cake also looks fabulous. I have some smallish peaches in the fridge from my tree and they might have to find their way into one. Curious about your amaranth… did you get greens or grain?

  3. Your photos are so awesome! Growing things from seeds can be deceptively difficult, nicely done!

  4. Your cake pic is magazine worthy. I can feel my hips expanding as I look at it. Yum!

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