Inky clouds converge in the east, crowding out the clear sky as an ominous ceiling almost low enough to touch. In an instant, rain is pummeling the house in a blinding downpour. Small rivers from the gutter downspouts gush across the driveway. As yet another sudden summer thunderstorm sweeps across Central Kentucky, I dream of picnics past and future.
Savoring just-made (and just-picked) wild blueberry cobbler on a tiny island in a mountain lake...
Sitting in our garden, enjoying pizza topped with vegetables from the week’s CSA share, while Cricket the chicken scratched for bugs and dustbathed beneath the bean plants...
Making sandwiches in our Brooklyn studio apartment and packing them for a picnic date in Prospect Park, only to discover that it was starting to rain. It turns out that a blanket spread out in the middle of the floor is as romantic a venue as any for a picnic!
Picnics are the epitome of summer, and we relish them all, regardless of the location or occasion. That’s why we’re pleased to introduce the new Zelda & Bramble Recipe Zine, devoted to picnics, cookouts, and summertime get-togethers! Full of fresh, seasonal ingredients (and some killer spice blends!), the 19 recipes celebrate the sharing of a good harvest with good company. From Summer Zing! Quinoa to Jerk Jackfruit Tacos to Herbed Berry Crumble, there’s a dish to entice just about everyone in this zine. You can print the zine off the website here or come get a copy from us at the Franklin or Woodford County Farmers’ Market!
The rain lets up and the sun returns as quickly as it vanished. I break out the picnic basket (and rain jackets just in case). I think I’ll make Okra Creole this time... or maybe Memphis Tempeh Sandwiches... What will you make for your next picnic or potluck