Our home renovations were on hold again this weekend as we braved dire forecasts about the tail end of Ike and headed to
The great information exchange
The picnic is a billed as an eco-gastronomic event, which means that everything, aside from the reusable wine glasses, is biodegradable and compostable, so the serving methods are creative: one enterprising chef served sausage hors d’oeuvres on oyster shell lids, which worked very well, but the trick of slurping black currant sorbet and poached pear from a grape leaf required more practice. We had a blast. We left feeling completely satiated, in love with all of the small local producers and conscientious chefs (whose passion for small-scale, hands-on farming is the only thing standing in the way of factory farms), slightly better informed, and virtuous: the event is a fundraiser after all. Philanthropy via informed gluttony.
Vicki from Vicki’s Veggies teams up with
Vicki, standing still, and with flowers in her hair!
We were delighted to see Vicki at the Picnic, and especially gratified that she had teamed up with luminary
Vicki's road-side, self-serve stand of earthly bounty
We had actually planned our route home from
Garlic, and tomatoes and eggplants of every description (from Vicki's 2007 harvest)
Last year Vicki took us back into her fields to show off her amazing varieties of eggplant. This year the season wasn’t so good for eggplants, but Vicki hiked us back into her tomato field to pick us a basket of stuffing tomatoes. If you’ve never seen one, a stuffing tomato is a revelation. All the seeds are compactly located right up near the stem and the rest of the tomato is hollow, like a pepper, and perfect for stuffing.
One of Vicki's chickens crosses the road.
We’re looking forward to the third annual slow food picnic next year.