Monday, August 11, 2008

We just returned a few weeks ago from a month long vacation on Cape Cod.  This is an annual journey for our family, one I've been making for every summer for my entire life.  My boys had an especially good time this year.  At 18 months and 3 years they both really enjoyed the beach, which was great since I am WAY pregnant and wasn't up to a lot of chasing after them in super humid weather...and it was SUPER humid!  Like Florida humid.  Yuck!  

I found it a challenge to eat locally while we were there, at least in terms of produce.  We were a bit early in the season for corn and tomatoes and all of that other great local produce that you get on the east coast in August.  So we were relegated to eating Stop N Shop produce, which was disappointing to say the least.  It was hard coming from California where we had been enjoying amazing tomatoes, peaches and berries for weeks.  I also knew that my garden here in California was producing lovely apricots, tomatoes, zucchini, beets, cucumbers, etc and that I was missing it.  Darn!  

The one local product that we got a lot of and really enjoyed was seafood.  It was fun going to the fish pier at 3:00 every afternoon to see the boats come in, then heading to the market there to select our dinner.  We had wonderful scallops and tons of lobster.  Neither boy was up to the challenge of tackling a whole lobster himself, but they both helped me eat the meat, and they ate a ton of clam chowder.  Maybe next year the older one will try his hand at cracking a whole lobster.

I arrived home to a totally over grown garden and baskets upon baskets of zucchini and cucumbers.  I've been pickling every since.  We now have enough pickles to last for a few years...or to give to everyone we know for Christmas!  The tomatoes are still going strong and we're eating lots of salsa (one form in which my husband and both boys will happily eat raw tomatoes).

I love summer!

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