Thursday, July 21, 2011
Ever since I picked the first little Kirby cucumber from our mini- garden last month I've been wanting to make Bread and Butter Pickles. Monday when I went out to water I picked 4 very nice cucumbers and I already had two in the kitchen. A good start. I figured I'd go over to Wake Forest to buy enough more to make one recipe. I picked up my grand daughter, Emily, and we stopped at the vegetable stands that Shelly recommended. Neither had really fresh cucumbers. We shopped and then went out for lunch. I picked up some new jars, mustard seed, pickling salt and turmeric. I had everything I needed but the cucumbers.
Tuesday morning, near noon when I got off. I decided I go to the State Farmer's Market in Raleigh for them. I sliced up the 6 cucumbers I had to see how many more I needed to buy. I had 1 quart, I only need 18 more. Okay! I bought tomatoes for John, a basket of really nice peaches and $7. of cucumbers. Then 3 ears of corn for John and I was on my way home. Of course I stopped at the quilt shop and the grocery store for a couple of things too.
Came home and unloaded the car - guess what No Cucumbers! I guess I has set them down when I paid for the corn and left them. RATS!!!!!! Well I complained for a bit then I drove to Wrenn's Produce in Zebulon but they sell only the burpless variety. Last resort - maybe Walmart grocery had some. They did - but they looked liked they had been picked last month!
I didn't want my fresh cucumbers to go to waste so I made a 1/4 recipe. I spent 2 days and drove about 120 miles but John and I tried them tonight and they are wonderful.
My new plan is to pull up the summer squash in the garden and plant some more seeds. Maybe by September I can make a whole batch.