Saturday, July 7, 2012
Duck Eggs and Other Fun Tales of North Country Life
A warning, since I haven't had much to write about lately and was too low feeling to do so... I have a lot to say now... so this may end up being a long post... but it promises to be fun and full of pictures too.
So let's begin with our latest Farmer's Market fun. Since Bug most likely has Chickenpox (long story), he stayed home. So I biked to the Farmer's Market sans Bug and began to shop around. I was looking for two things in particular that I had seen on the Farmer's Market FB page, duck eggs and homemade fudge. So among other things I bought like fresh veggies and fruit, farm fresh bacon and hot dogs... I saw them... the thing I most wanted to try...
Having never tried them before I was beyond curious. A dozen of these large perfectly oval white eggs were only 3$. A very good price. I jumped at it! So I biked home with my goodies and began to make breakfast. Summer is always a non stop routine of cutting, slicing, prepping, freezing, canning, pickling, and otherwise storing the produce of the summer. So this morning I had beans to pickle, garlic to dry, dill to dry, yellow squash to freeze but first we were going to try those intriguing eggs.
The first thing I noted was that they are much larger than chicken eggs. Secondly they were much harder to crack.
Once cracked they had much more yolk to white ratio than a chicken egg. The yolk also had a thicker membrane so making an over easy egg was easy peasy.
Last but not least they were delicious.. just ask Bug! They had a very rich and creamy taste and the yolk were thick and drippy not runny like chicken eggs cooked over easy.
In other farmer's market fun we also got garlic stalks 10 for a 1.50$
These are the part of the garlic plant that grows out of the ground from the bulbs below. the stalk can be eaten in stir fries or anywhere garlic is used and so can the small floral garlic cloves in the blossom. I used to eat these all the time when my mother grew garlic.. but I haven't grown it myself in years.
In my own garden news there has been an explosion of produce coming from our garden. I froze an entire gallon sized freezer bag of organic yellow summer squash.
I also started one of zucchini that is half full. Our sunflowers are blooming and we even got 3 beans off our bean plants.
We have over 30 tomatoes on our plants, more squash than I can count and our strawberries are still producing. The dill is going to seed now too.
Another fun summer time project we did was drying peaches, blueberries and strawberries in our dehydrator.
They turned out delicious. I hope to do a lot more with it this summer. Maybe even beef jerky!
So there you have it our Saturday funtimes in the North Country.