Farmer Ferd is bringing in the goods


I love avocados, and when it’s over a hundred degrees and you’re feeling like a puddle with shoes, avocados are your best friend, because they can be eaten raw. Buy the ones that are black skinned and slightly soft. Corn is your second best friend because it can be eaten nearly raw. Boil it for four minutes, and that’s it. Ferd planted a garden this Spring, and we reaped this one this morning. There are ten corn stalks that came up in a one foot radius–we’re city folk–we haven’t gotten the idea of just how much space one seed needs yet.
You could forget cooking and just make a sandwich with sharp cheddar cheese, avocado, tomato and red onion, and have your corn on the cob on the side, or cook just a little bit and make an avocado, fresh corn, and potato salad.
Throw some diced new potatoes (with skins) into salted boiling water with a drizzle of olive oil and a garlic clove. Cook them until they are just tender, and then drain well and spread them on a sheet pan to cool. Sprinkle with a little salt, not too much freshly ground pepper, another drizzle of olive oil and a squeeze of lime. If you have some fresh thyme sprigs, throw those on top. Cut up an avocado so that each bit is the same size as the potato pieces. Boil the corn and then season each one with a little olive oil or butter and salt before you slice off all the kernels. Use at least one and even two cobs. Smash some mint in your new mortar and pestle (because I know you went out and bought one yesterday, with a clove of garlic and a little more olive oil. For every eight to ten small potatoes, use about a quarter cup of mint. If you like cilantro, add half as much cilantro, right along with the mint. Add some more lime juice, and taste for salt. Fresh chive cut into long bits is beautiful in this, or even tiny pieces of shallot. Have it with cheese melted onto soft tortillas and folded in half with bits of jalapeno, and skirt steak or marinated shrimp that you throw on the grill. (Guests love to grill; get them to do it) Ice cold beer or lemonade is to avocados what bread is to a sandwich.

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