This morning at the farmer's market, one of my favorite farmers had lovely long and thin purple Japanese eggplant available for the first time this week. I scooped up several of them with pleasure, and brought them home to feature in a lunch of Mega-Veggie Eggs for me and Mr. Z. Yay! Of course, Mega-Veggie Eggs means the end of summer is within sight, hard as that is to believe on this hottest day of the year. I thanked every farmer and vendor I purchased something from, for coming to the market in the heat.
I was glad I had included instructions for Mega-Veggie Eggs in that blog post last year, because I had sort of forgotten just what all I'd thrown in them and how I made them. Not that it is a precise recipe - MVE is one of those things that's highly adaptable to what you have on hand. Though I have to say, the little eggplants and a particular type of heirloom Roma tomato (from the same farmer) are a delicious combo. You can see the tomatoes in the second photo in this post.
Looking up the description of MVE led me to read what I had written of sharing Duda's corn-on-the-cob with Z-mom last summer. This most recent time I was visiting her, we got to have a meal at her house that featured Duda's corn, and she was sooooo happy! (N.B.: this is not the large company Duda's Fresh Farm Foods, but the small farm listed at the end of this article.) There's no way of knowing if she and I will get to do this again this summer, so I'm glad we got to do it at least once. As always, I wish I could pack up some of the wonderful things I brought home from the market and take them right over for her to enjoy.
I bought a flat of blueberries at one farm stand, and people kept asking me "what are you going to do with all those blueberries?" as if I must be crazy for buying so many. But they seem like barely enough to me. This may be the last week for blueberries. Some we will eat now: in yogurt; by the handful; with sliced peaches. Some we will give to Mr. Z's parents for their breakfast cereal. Some we will freeze for smoothies and blueberry pancakes in the fall and winter. I look at the glut of blueberries and I feel rich, and I also feel that more would be good, too. Some peaches, a cantaloupe, and a few tomatoes will also go to the in-laws, and maybe a bean salad if I get off this computer and go down to the kitchen.
Good food to eat, loved ones to share it with, an exaltation of blueberries - these are riches indeed.