I have a confession to make: I drive like a city person. People who live in cities tend to drive closer to the center line. It makes sense because you need to take care when passing the cars parked along the sidewalk. A door might fly open or someone might step out from behind a bumper. The city can be hazardous!
People who learn to drive in the country tend to gravitate toward the shoulder. This also makes sense because you need to leave plenty of room for hay wagons and tractors, especially if the tractor is pulling a rake or a tedder. Farm equipment can indiscriminately drift into the oncoming lane so it’s best to give plenty of room. The country can be hazardous!
My brother-in-law Gerald tried to convince me to change my errant ways, but I really believe that its part of my city bred DNA to be magnetically attracted to the center line. I was headed to the farm the other day when Gerald met me on the road. He was driving a tractor and I was weaving back and forth trying to avoid him but still hugging my beloved center line. He pretended that he didn’t know me.
Part of country life that I enthusiastically embrace is shopping for produce from local farms. Now is the season when the produce farms are in high gear and the bounty overflows. If you can get fresh produce from a local farm, by all means do it. One of my favorite places to go is Bob and Vivian Small’s farm just up the road from us. They don’t have a very big variety and they are only open on Saturdays, but what they have is ripened on the plant and fresh picked. They opened last Saturday so I made sure to stop by and picked up cucumbers for the salad listed below.
Tomato, Cucumber and Feta Salad
- 2 teaspoon red-wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 1/2 cups grape tomatoes, halved
- 2 small cucumbers, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut crosswise into 1/4 inch slices (about 3 cups)
- 1 cup crumbled feta
- 1/4 cup shredded fresh basil leaves
Whisk together the vinegar, sugar, and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Mix the tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, and basil in a large bowl. Pour the dressing over and toss well. Serve immediately.