Phew, I was a little worried about the July potluck there for a minute. First the date was changed around a lot due to Artscape and other events at Cromwell Valley. Then the date was set for a SUNDAY instead of our usual Saturday. Responses to the email list were kind of weak, since everyone is on vacation at this time of year or busy with other summertime fun. And to top it all off, the weather was calling for rain!
But, as always, the Baltimore Foodmakers came through. And so did the weather- it was actually quite sunny, and we ended up sitting at a picnic table under the shade of a huge tree. With a deer bounding across the farm, birds flying all around, and little foodmakers climbing the trees, it was a very beautiful day. I even saw a snake, which was very exciting for me! (A black garden snake about three feet long, and you could even see a little lump where I guess it was digesting a bird or mouse or something. cooool.)
Plus conversations are always great, with lots of recipe swapping and discussions of various other making and building activities. Want to know what's the best clothesline to buy? What to do with beets? What a fresh walnut looks like and how to harvest them? (o.k. I guess I brought up that last topic! But they had walnut trees on the property and I just had to show everyone what walnuts look like. And they actually smell quite floral, which is interesting.)
So what do Baltimore Foodmakers bring to potlucks? Well...
- Vegan spanakopita (spinach pie)
- homemade mini baguettes
- tomato and peach salad w/ cilantro, red onion, and lime juice
- pickled cherries flavored with saffron and bay leaf (wow!)
- chicken pate (from the same woman with the cherries)
- hummus and fresh veggies
- patty pan squash marinated in balsamic vinaigrette
- potato and kale salad