Cucumbers and Memories

| 8/28/2013 9:41:00 AM

Tags: Cucumber Salad Recipe, Growing Cucumbers, Cucumber Recipe, Donna Rae Barrow,

Donna BHere's the thing about amending your garden soil with your homemade compost and building a trellis system from bamboo you've hacked down in a friend's yard: You create the perfect environment for a continuous cucumber harvest!  Spring right through to winter, we've got cucumbers to pick every day.

Pickling cucumbers 
Pickling cucumbers climbing a handcrafted bamboo trellis.

Pickling cucumber
Pickling cucumber hiding in the vines.

In the three months of cucumber harvest thus far, dozens and dozens of them have been lovingly cut and packed into jars, processed and placed in the pantry to wait. The moment that burger needs a topper, the evening that only a pickle will do as snack, those jars will be there. But today I couldn't face one more canner load of pickles, even though my counter overfloweth with cucumbers.

Cucumber Harvest
Daily harvest of cucumbers, grown organically on our plot of suburbia.

It was time to pull out the mandoline and slice all that green goodness into cucumber salad, just like at Grandma's house!

7/16/2014 1:10:01 PM

I love this salad. My grandmothers always made this in the summer. Recently I added cannelli beans also.

8/29/2013 11:52:07 AM

Donna, welcome to the Capper's Farmers blogging community. Already you have me inspired to try some old fashioned cucumber and onion salad. The last couple years my cucumber crop has been less than productive. Next year the cucumber bed will be enhanced greatly with compost and watered more often. I am hoping you have many more of those grandma stories and recipes to write about in the future. Have a great cucumber salad day.

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