Sunday, May 3, 2009

Turning of the Seasons

For the first time in a few weeks, we made it to the local farmer's market after church.  I really enjoy the market.  Getting to know the vendors puts a familiar, personal touch on the food we eat.  One of our favorite growers had cherries for the first time today.  Sweet, red, juicy cherries that are a cross of Bing and Ranier.  We sampled a few, and stocked up.  The grower tells me that the pure Bing and Raniers will start flooding in just as the apples we've been enjoying (Pink Lady and Fuji) are fading out.  After that, blueberries (our kids are already drooling), then stone fruits like nectarines and peaches will start rolling in.  Pointing to the few early nectarines he had for sale, he said "those are good...but just wait."  OK, we'll wait...but it won't be easy.

A yoga story related to me recently:  one friend had eaten too much, and was feeling uncomfortable.  "Here," her yogi girlfriend gently offered, "I can show you the Wind might help."

"Well..." the discomfited friend said with a hesitant smile, "OK...I'll try anything."

With a straight face, the yogi pointed at her friend.  "OK...pull my finger."

Food log:

Breakfast: still full from yesterday's feast, I just had an orange and some strawberries.  And a glass of milk.

Lunch: turkey and gouda sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mayo and mustard on whole grain bread.  About a dozen of those scrumptious cherries.

Snack: A few more cherries, and another piece of cheese.

Dinner: a pork chop with grape glaze, 1/2c brown rice, 1c bacon and brown sugar-braised collard greens

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