|Tents set up on W-B public square looking past a sculpture |
towards the Chamber of Commerce and bank buildings
|Public square looking toward the Kirby Center. Farmer's tents|
line two sides of the square, a bandshell is in the center.
I asked the man at O'Malia's tent how the heavy rains had affected their harvest. The tomatoes suffered the most, as the rain caused their skins to crack and split open, allowing insect and mold to spoil the fruit. Despite the weather, the tables were piled up with plenty of vegetables and it was hard to resist the large baskets of peppers, tomatoes, etc. But I had come to buy a quantity of a particular variety of cucumber, the kirby, which is the best one for making pickles, because of its thin skin, crisp flesh, and medium size. Then I walked around the whole line of stands looking for a particular red plum for my plum jam. Only one stand, Dymonds, was selling them and I was able to buy the last 3 quarts. Happy, I left behind bushels of beautiful apples, beets, tomatoes and more for another day.
CRUNCHY DILL PICKLES, a 3 DAY RECIPE
|A plate holds the cucumbers down.|
|After soaking in brine and syrup.|
|Kosher Dills, pint jars|
|Packed and ready for syrup.|