So yeah. farmersdotter has been playing in the kitchen. Experimenting with heat. You know the saying: ‘If you can’t handle the heat’. Well, she won’t get out of the kitchen. She is in there; eyes watering, tongue burning, and pots bubbling brewing up some artery clearing concoctions all containing habanero chilis. To put things into perspective the habanero chili is rated 200,000–350,000 on the Scoville scale. That is somewhere between frickin’ hot and OMG!
From a blackened couldron farmersdotter decants a caramelized peach and habanero slurry. We think it may be a jam. Or a meat rub. Whatever. Its heat is remarkably suited as a cheese cake topping or an ice cream melt kind of thing. Very versatile but hot. Truth be told the ‘jam’ was made without the seeds. Inside the seed is where the real heat resides.
“Can you imagine the heat if you left the seeds in” I exclaimed, wiping the sweat from my bald pate. farmersdotter’s grin assumes an evil posture. “Oh, just you wait” she says as she reveals a confection she innocently calls Habanero and Pepita Seed Brittle. “Try this my pretty…”
Something else we do at farmersdotter organics, albeit on a very small scale, is tree fruit. We have a modest orchard but enough to provide local fruit stands with a few pounds of something juicy. Some plums, apples, and pears in one area and along the fence line some peaches and nectarines that provide better privacy than fruit. That’s about it. One big cherry tree in the back yard but unfortunately its days are numbered. Its a gnarly old specimen and then there is Spotted Wing Drosophila, a nasty little fruit fly not to be encouraged and cherries are a perfect host for the pest.
Spotted Wing Dropsohila
No, we are not orchardists, at least not this year as evidenced by the condition of the Gala Apple Tree and lack of thinning. Maybe next year.
Gala Not Thinned
Anyway, right now we are pulling off Damson plums…
and my favourite, Italian Prune Plums. Thought you might like the photos.
Italian Prune Plum
We are having a blast at the Penticton Farmers Market. So gratifying making new friends and looking forward to serving them each week as a casual vendor. That is our descriptor: Casual Vendor. We are allowed to participate each and every week but we do not yet enjoy the ‘rewards’ of membership. The waiting list for that is long. It will take several unfortunate accidents… some time before we achieve market maturity. This is a long winded explanation/apology to our friends as to why after saying “Yes, we are here every Saturday” we won’t. Be. On Saturday.
We, (me) were warned a couple of weeks ago from a certain Market Organizer, (won’t name names here) that to allow space for the annual Peach City Beach Cruise some casual vendors might be bumped for the day. Well, we were warned again yesterday. Ya’ don’t need to tell me twice. Although maybe in this case you did. Warned me I mean. Twice. So yeah, in all likelihood we will not be there this Saturday, June 23. We apologize. Sorry. We will make room for some… old Ford. Chevy. Or Ferrari. So while we are the real deal with real bread *insert wild applause sound track here* you can instead take in some tribute artist…
and some exquisite cars too.
Shelby – Photo by Ed Davies
Exquisite. Yes. Very Nice. And of course the Penticton Farmers Market with all the superb farm fresh produce and meats, crafts, and baked goods minus one will be there. As usual. As it should be. Yup. Seriously, if you are anywhere near Penticton this weekend the Peach City Beach Cruise is a must see. Very popular. Very. I got land for sale. Call me.