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Bless Your Pea-Pickin Heart

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Credits to Tennessee Ernie Ford.

I love fresh peas. Love when we get them in the CSA box. I shelled all of them, including the ones from the Howard County Farmer’s Market. Shelling peas. One of those “lost” chores.

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Butler’s Orchard in Germantown has sugar snap peas and English peas in their pick-your-own fields. I am considering picking peas this week (like I really have the time with Field Day coming), before they are gone. Peas are one of those vegetables that does incredibly well when frozen. Pick them, shell them, blanch them and vacuum seal them. They retain their sweetness when picked, shelled and frozen the same day.

Larriland had cherries last weekend, but their web site says wait a few days to allow more to ripen. The other favorite summer fruit for my husband are cherries. This week they are saying strawberries for at least another week, and the beginning of red raspberry season. For those inclined to get strawberries, this is your last chance.

I need to find a few items to make for our field day luncheons. I usually do tzatziki, but the cucumbers aren’t cooperating. Last year my cukes looked like this on the 12th of June. This year, nothing but blossoms.


Have to see what we get in the CSA box on Thursday.

I also hear blueberries are coming soon to Larriland and Butler’s. Last year on 12 June we were picking.

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And, this announcement on the Larriland page. “Ripening soon will be pick your own black raspberries, blueberries, purple raspberries and beets.”

Hmmm, pickled beets anyone?


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

2 responses »

  1. Annie,
    I have fond memories of picking ripe fall raspberries, alone on beautiful September mornings, at Butler’s Orchard when we lived in VA. Memories much more fond than the memories of watching the kids pick unripe blackberries, and unripe raspberries, there in the heat of the summer. Or watching the kids pick unripe blueberries over at Blueberry Gardens. My kids used to be very enthusiastic pickers, even though their judgment was lacking. Now they have more judgment and less enthusiasm. Ah well.

    I’d love to have enough peas to freeze–how big is your freezer? Hide-the-body size?

    • Let’s try this a third time. First the iPad locked up. Then, the laptop WordPress page cleared what I wrote.

      Seven cubic foot freezer bought at Costco last year. All fruits and veggies.


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