Even though winter is in full swing, some of the Boyle County Farmers Market vendors already have planted seeds in greenhouses for the upcoming growing season. We have onion seed planted so far. A few people have even planted tomato seeds. I think it’s still a bit early for those.
The scent of fresh herbs is wonderful anytime but especially nice in the winter. The flavor of fresh basil is far superior to the dried version. Basil Pesto tossed with hot, whole-wheat pasta is one of our favorite dishes.
I also like make Pesto Bread. Just spread pesto on flattened bread dough, then roll it up like a jelly roll. Let rise and bake.
It is delicious. You can take a shortcut by using frozen bread dough from the grocery store. Just thaw and follow the above steps.
It will soon be time to prune the grapevines again. Last year’s crop was dismal due to the drought. We were unable to irrigate them. Even though the vines produced grapes, they ripened way too early and “shattered” as we tried to pick them. We are hoping for a better yield this year.
We still have a few apples in storage from this year’s crop. I made apple butter, apple sauce and apple pie filling from most of them. I also dried some in the dehydrator.
Fried apple pies are a favorite at the market. I also enjoy apple dumplings and apple turnovers. Here is a recipe that is not only simple to make, but any extras freeze well, too.
2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup butter
1⁄4 cup water
2 teaspoons vinegar
Mix together the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the shortening.