Wednesday, June 13, 2012

a plentiful harvest


 
 

we wanted to leave the vegetables as long as we could. tucked sweetly in the shades of the giant squash leaves, and the cucumber trellises that sprawl across the lawn. but at the urging of our grandparents, who told us they would get pithy and hard to eat if we let them grow past their capacity, we went back to the garden this weekend, our shoes wet with june twilight, and snipped off the first harvest.

we're saving a majority of the bounty to grill this weekend. with a little olive oil and some flank steak. but as soon as we got into the kitchen, we couldn't resist the urge to peel and cut in half one of the cucumbers and devour it over the sink. i'll always remember that night. weighing them on my grandpa's old scale and arranging them in pretty piles on the counter.

for some reason, i thought the cucumber would taste weird. like socks. or cardboard. i just couldn't, for the life of me, believe we could create real food. but as the sweet water ran down our chins, and the tiny room filled with the scent (and i immediately recalled my middle school obsession with bath and body works' cucmber melon shower gel), i realized we did it. from dirt and mulch and a few tiny seedlings came up from the earth true-to-life produce. oh, summer of 2012. you have redeemed yourself. and proven yourself a flightly little thing. 

9 comments:

kate said...

this made me smile so much. i think its funny that you said you thought it would taste weird! and cucumber melon!? oh my goodness every girls locker room throughout the country was doused in that stuff! anyways, this was wonderful and good job on your harvest. cant wait to see how the rest taste!

the southern hostess said...

I love this. It makes me want a garden, or at least some cucumber in my salad for lunch today.

ruthy ann said...

wonderful post...I'll live vicariously through you and your garden. (me and my black thumb).

Amber said...

I wish I had your green thumb. I've tried to grow veggies but I just dont have the touch.

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Ana Magdalena said...

I am one of those people who can't grow anything, not even grass. Thank you for allowing me to live through this post hehe

wildchild said...

look at you guys, you little gardeners :) the delicious harvest always makes it all so worth it.

chambanachik said...

You two are just cute. :)

Amanda said...

So glad that your harvest was plentiful! I can just picture you and Robert laughing while eating your very first 'crop' of the year! Hopefully more will come from that little garden -- I spy veggie/steak kabobs in your not-so-distant future. :)

Cara-Mia said...

Oh how nice! I really hope to someday actually have an outdoor area to grow such things. Ivenever done that before, but it seems nice. :)

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