Indio, California: We have planted a "kitchen
garden" the past few winters here in the Coachella Valley. We have three
thigh-high-to-me pots on automatic drip irrigation and have been very lucky
(full-on afternoon sun) harvesting the tomatoes and herbs we have planted.
Though earlier than usual, I went ahead and planted my
"farm". So many of our friends and family are buried under feet (not inches)
of snow... like our friend, Basu, in New Jersey:
Actually buried... so it may seem cruel to show our little
Pot One holds a Roma tomato and rosemary. Thyme will be
added as soon as thyme is located.
The middle pot holds cilantro, sage and an odd mixture of
six teeny heirloom cherry tomatoes. This is an experiment. The little
tomatoes may die. The little tomatoes may consume our entire campsite. This
pot is awaiting basil.
The last pot along the line of brick posts holds another
Roma tomato, mint, Thai basil and oregano. Mint (of course) has done very
well here previously.
Added this year are two jalapeno peppers plants - mixed amongst the pansies
- and not in the pots. Like I said, an experiment. The little kitchen garden
is always fun, always different and always a learning experience for us.
And by us, I mean, me.
Every Sunday (in the season), there is a Farmers Market in Old Towne La Quinta.
Not the most convenient day for us, but we are making an effort to support the
local farmers and purveyors.
The market has several organic farmers, bakers (Rugelach!), dairies with
cheeses and butters, olive oils, butchers, honey and most everything else
you could need to produce a gourmet meal in the desert.
Our vegetable treasures:
I know it is nearly impossible for so many of you to find real vine-ripened
tomatoes (organic or otherwise) this time of year.
They. Do. Exist.
Maybe before we head north for the summer, we will be able to harvest a few
of our own?
Sunday night homemade pizza? Kalamata olives, roasted red
pepper, red onion and feta cheese. Like a Greek salad on a pizza.
And a massive salad with all that red leaf lettuce.
Until my next update, I remain, your planted correspondent.
RV PARK: The
Motorcoach Country Club
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