The summer of a great cucumber harvest

Fayette County Farm Market returns this Wednesday

By Katrina Bush - For the Record-Herald

He had been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put into vials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw, inclement summers.”

– Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

This sentence by Swift is much quoted in scientific and mathematical journals with references to solar energy and chemical analysis of metals and informational technology systems. I have NO IDEA why! But I have recently received the gift of a great recipe for kosher dill pickles, which I suspect will quite effectively extract sunbeams from cucumbers. This recipe maintains the nutrition of the cucumber because there is no cooking and no canning. The result is a bright green pickle in a salt brine ready to eat in two weeks, but available for that taste of sun and summer throughout the winter months. In this summer of a great cucumber harvest, there is joy to be taken in picking cucumbers from the vine that are just two to five inches long, and which are beautiful packed into jars for pickling.

The Wednesday Fayette County Farm Market runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the TSC parking lot (1650 Columbus Ave.) in Washington C.H. This location provides easy access to vendors and parking. SNAP EBT food benefit cards, Senior Farm Market coupons and credit/debit cards are accepted. Those using the SNAP EBT card for produce receive matching dollar VeggieSNAP tokens ($1 for $1) for additional fruits and vegetables. So,”buy one, get one” for fruit and vegetables, up to $10 EVERY market day.

The following vendors have indicated that they plan on selling this Wednesday, and other vendors may participate as well:

Jones Farm Fresh Produce (Jon and Taylor Jones): Green beans, red potatoes, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, zucchini, yellow squash, pork chops, sausage patties, ground pork, sweet Italian links, jalapeño links and chicken breast.

This and That (Mary Ford): Garden and home crafts (coasters, mug rugs, aprons, OSU items, jewelry, and NEW summer goose dresses), baked goods (pineapple upside down cake, apple butter bread, peanut butter fudge).

Windflower Farm (Elaine Anschutz): Various baked goods and treats, culinary mixes, catnip, lavender, crafts, dog treats, info on FCDS.

B.Y.E Gardens (Brian and Elaine Yoder): Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, candy onions, cucumbers, zucchini, bell peppers, green beans, corn, cabbage, popcorn, peanut butter cookies, strawberry bread, cinnamon rolls.

Chilcote Farms (Bruce and Marlene Chilcote): Caramels, cookies, sheet cake, blueberry buckle and sweet corn.

Dan’s Deli (Denise Rhodes): Reubens, phillies, fried bologna, burgers, hot dogs and soda.

D.J.’s Farm (Dennis Anschutz): Baked goods and seasonal produce.

Katrina Bush is a vendor with the Fayette County Farm Market.

Fayette County Farm Market returns this Wednesday

By Katrina Bush

For the Record-Herald