Farmer’s Market II, a Click, and a Garden Story


A few weeks ago I got a lovely bunch of pea shoots at the new (woo-hoo!) farmer’s market. I cooked them very simply in a little olive oil, in which I had first sauteed alot of garlic.

pea shoots and tendrils with garlic

I put some goat cheese on a freshly toasted roll and ran it under the broiler till the cheese was lightly browned.

goat cheese toast

Served up with a sprinkling of salt and a splash of lemon ~ that’s it!

dinner in the deck garden
dinner in the deck garden ~ pea shoots with garlic and goat cheese toast
for Click – Allium over at Jugalbandi.


The garden is growing, in spite of a slow, rainy start to summer. I had no luck last year with bell peppers, so planted only various chiles this year, and they are all bearing heavily.

cayenne peppers

banana peppers, mild variety

Ichiban eggplant, which has been such an easy plant in the past, was very slow to blossom this year. Happily, brinjals are taking off just in time to pick up the slack from the cucumbers which are likely on their last legs.

a welcome sight, beautiful brinjal blossoms

even more welcome are the brinjals!

Long beans, with their fascinating flowers, are climbing.

strange and lovely flower of a long bean

long beans, almost ready to pick!

The ridge gourd vine has a mess of babies, just waiting to blossom and hopefully, grow before frost.

ridge gourd blossom, three days ago

baby ridge gourd today!

Chard is an old standby — you can hardly kill it if you try.
Good for those with tenuous green thumbs like me!

ruby chard and fordhook variety

Even the tomatoes, which here in the Northeast are in imminent danger
it seems, from late blight, spot and speck and every other problem you can think of, are showing their true colors now.

To me, gardening is akin to a way of living; an amazing thing.
It is a constant learning process.
If you cease to seek knowledge, you lose.

To me, gardening is so much more than the physical sowing and reaping…
it’s an investment in the hope and promise which lie therein.

You plant a seed carefully in rich soil.

You water it and keep it warm and wait for it to emerge; a tender young seedling. And then, oh! how you admire it.
You feed it and water it carefully, moving it into the sunshine and protecting it from the elements that might spell its demise.

As it grows stronger, you know its roots run deep.

The little seedling, patiently tended, grows steadily; eventually it blossoms. Breathing in the heady feeling that comes with the first flower,
you know that all of your time and special attention is worthwhile.

But what to do if the first blossoms don’t fruit?

You don’t give up here. You regroup, dig in, and struggle on. Perhaps you research and learn of some new nourishment the young seedling needs;
then you find a way to provide it, so your much-loved seedling may continue to grow and eventually flourish.

When you’re willing to go that extra mile, your seedling gains enough strength to withstand even the most adverse conditions.

Then one day, exhausted from worry and toil, you look up and lo! you are rewarded with a wondrous sight! A beautiful plant, braving the elements, stretching its strong yet graceful arms to the sky. Joy surges through your heart when you finally see that it bears the small yet steadily growing fruits of your labor.

Now standing so tall and confident, leaves fluttering in the wind, perhaps this lovely living, breathing tree somehow knows…

It was carefully chosen and planted.
It was lovingly tended.
It was meant to bend, and not break,
even through the tumultuous storms of this summer.

And it was worth the wait.

tomato tree ~ nearly 7 ft tall!



  1. shammi said

    Wow, Linda… all those growing things! You’re blessed πŸ™‚

    Thanks Shyam — I agree — probably more than I deserve! πŸ™‚

  2. indosungod said

    Linda, you are making me J. And the poem sounds like growing a child. Plants are the same too don’t you think.

    The peppers are just too beautiful to describe.

    Chard – don’t forget the event πŸ™‚

    Yes, ISG, didn’t think of it that way at the time but it is rather like growing a child! Glad you liked the peppers — I will be looking for your advice on pepper sambhar. And no, won’t forget your chard event either! πŸ™‚

  3. Sra said

    Those pea shoots and cheese and that brown roll – ooh!

    I was especially fond of the roll — thanks Sra πŸ™‚

  4. Cynthia said

    Wow, your garden is thriving! I love long beans they are my favourite. Love the idea of the goat cheese toast.

    Thanks Cynthia. Hope to be picking some long beans soon πŸ™‚

  5. Vani said

    Your garden looks gorgeous, Linda! All those fresh veggies – so great! Love the peashoot saute. Aad the crunchy toast with goat cheese – gorgeous!!

    Thanks Vani — hopefully the tomatoes will have a chance to ripen too, before blight/weather gets ’em πŸ˜‰ Nice to see you!

  6. Gini said

    Lovely garden, Linda. Do u add any fertilizers to your veggies. Our plants are not doing that great this year. The eggplants have hardly grown.

    Hi Gini, I used some EB Stone Tomato and Vegetable food that I got when I ordered the heirloom tomatoes. The veggies in containers need it more often because they are watered so much, all the nutrients leach out. My eggplants just started perking up in the past couple of weeks. I bet it’s not too late! Good luck with them πŸ™‚

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