Pop a Cherry


When I was young I don’t every recall needing to ask for a snack in the spring and summer time. Food was abundant, even in the suburbs. My friend and I used to climb the plum trees across the street and eat them until we made ourselves sick. There were cherry trees, apple trees, huckle berries, salmon berries, black berries and strawberries. My grandfather even had a large garden on his small lot. The sugar snap peas were my favorite and the carrots. We ate kohlrabi like apples and flavored our sliced tomatoes with salt and pepper.

What happened to all our food? I was looking around my yard the other day and I realized there are only herbs and my grape vine. Some of the neighbors have an apple tree from which they gladly share, but other than that there is nothing. So, I decided to plant a potted garden. It’s about all I can handle right now, but it’s better than nothing. I have planted tomatoes, chili peppers, eggplants, lettuces, swiss chard and spinach to start.  It doesn’t take much to have your own little vegetable stand in the yard. A few containers, some starts and some dirt.

Like love – a garden will grow if you cultivate it and think of it as a place to learn new things.

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Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help. Gardening is an instrument of grace. – May Sarton

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
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Here are the Wikipedia notes for cherries. “Rainier is a cultivar of cherry. It was created in 1952 at Washington State University by Harold Fogle. It is a cross between the Bing andVan cultivars. Rainiers are sweet cherries with creamy-yellow flesh. The cherries are very sensitive to temperature, wind, and rain. About 1/3 of a Rainier cherry orchard’s crop is eaten by birds. Rainiers are considered a premium type of cherry. They sell for $5 per pound or more in the USA and as much as a dollar each in Japan.

Rainier Cherry Mojito From http://cookieandkate.com

  • 1.5 oz white rum (Myer’s is my favorite)
  • 8 cherries
  • small handful fresh mint leaves
  • juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 teaspoon raw (turbinado) sugar
  • club soda

Instructions:

  1. In a mixing glass, thoroughly muddle cherries, mint, lime juice and sugar.
  2. Swirl with rum.
  3. Fill a collins glass with ice and pour your mixture into the glass. Top it off with club soda.
  4. Mix by pouring the drink back into your mixing glass, then back into your drinking glass.
  5. Sip. Relax. Enjoy.


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