Last week, after a storm that brought us severe winds, we were faced with staking up 800 of our 1800 tomato plants in 90 degree temperatures. Although we are used to hard work on the farm, we were thrilled when Val’s sister Jude, her partner Robin and our brother-in-law Gary came to the rescue with additional helping hands. Boy were they troopers! All of them being retirees, none of them were used to physical labor of this kind. Jude and Robin were visiting from San Francisco for the week and gave up relaxation time, came out to the farm, to sweat and get dirty.
Our family is always amazed at the amount of produce that comes off our 5.5 acre farm. We have a basic schedule of weeding in the mornings and harvesting in the afternoons. But when the unexpected happens like storms or pest infestations, we deal with things in the moment of the temporary crisis. This of course can put us behind for the week, but with the help from our amazing family, the tomatoes were staked and tied in 6 grueling hours (and they still love us!). After drinking gallons of ice water, breaks for the heat index and sore muscles, we felt we needed to refresh them with showers, drinks and a decent meal.
They had seen the Tuscan Kale Caesar Salad on last week’s post and wanted to try it, so I picked some fresh kale, while Jude and Val dug up fingerling potatoes. We decided to grill filet mignon, then Robin suggested we grill the fingerlings too. I realized that for all the cooking I have done, I have never roasted potatoes that way. Don’t ask me why; I don’t have an answer. So I proceeded to toss them in olive oil, sea salt and minced fresh rosemary. I couldn’t resist adding some of our hard-neck garlic as well.
We have a gas grill, so I heated it to 400 degrees, put the fingerlings right on the grate and tossed them occasionally. They were done to perfection in 20 minutes. Where have I been? I had missed something this good?
I made everyone Brickyard Farms Coolers, and we were ready for a great meal from the farm. I never take for granted how fortunate we are to walk into our fields to harvest food for dinner. It just doesn’t get better than this!
Gratitude is the memory of the heart! Thanks so much for all your help: Jude, Robin and Gary!