It goes without saying, that the Produce and Wildlife Treasure here is Sauvie Island, about 15 miles west of the City…a huge flat piece of land created by millions of years of flooding soils, volcanic ash deposits from the Columbia River Gorge and East. People who’ve owned this deep rich farmland don’t have to do much fertilizing to produce mammoth crops every year. Then, as you go north on the island, conservationists and the Audubon Group have succeeded in setting aside huge clumps of land for Bird Refuges since this rich island has been a major Birding Migration Route Spring and Fall. Wetlands abound then……
That being said, it seems the highlight time to visit that island IS spring and fall with your binoculars and enjoy the huge numbers of migrating birds, and those that winter over visiting from the Arctic thinking this is the tropics. NOT always…sometimes in High Summer, you may not see certain kinds of birds but you’ll surely see more than you expect of Eagles, Hawks, Vultures and Osprey all munching on the prolific small mammals and fish everywhere……THEN, you will ALWAYS return home with SOME kind of produce just picked or YOU picked that’ll keep you busy in your kitchen the rest of the day. It can be a “joy” to those who like working in and around food goodies…….
Saturday, August 10. Was one of those days that was ALL about High Summer and the joy that WE sometimes feel in it.
We began the day early at John St Cafe
partly to see Marie again, who we WILL be canning Tuna again….. this tuesday the 13th…. Yes, and it’ll be a ‘test’ to see if THIS tuna purchased from her supplier will be equal to, better, or….. whatever from the fresh tuna neighbor Aaron brought back from his charter trip 40 miles out in the Pacific Ocean from Astoria. What a fabulous start….Marie’s House-Made Corn Beef Hash, and Rodger’s Usual DeJavo Omelette with Italian Sausage.
We dined on the patio, and I suppose have lived here too long….we ran into 2-3 different people we said hi to. NICE START…..while MAC awaited in the back of the truck, KNOWING, if he’s in that spot, he will likely be swimming in a while.
Now, happy after that breakfast, we drive to the Island…..over the new beautiful bridge
and right to Douglas Farms……to PICK the really ripe RED HAVEN peaches for some cooking experiments later at home….heh, heh………
We had some fun pinching, squeezing, picking about 18 pounds…..drove out, and off to the North Island for DOG TIME…..We passed the two mammoth eagle nests NEVER visible this time of year, cloaked with all the tree foliage….we sure know exactly where they are though, hah!
MAC had a fine swim for about 40 minutes, actually, and a tired dog this was the rest of the day. GOOD.
As we brought Mac back to the car, there across that long field, we spotted vultures, about 12 flying around one spot, then I broadened the view to notice there were MORE….in several spots……I counted 32 total vultures flying around within a 1/2 mile radius…..WOW……sure wondered what was happening over near those parts of the field.
Returning via “The Pumpkin Patch” . . . . .of COURSE, we added Watermelons, Canteloupe, Corn, and some Blackberries to the load…….that would be the evening’s work.
So, yes, finally Home. First, you remove all the rinds and seeds from melons, get ’em in Tupperware, and you’re ready to enjoy those for the next 3-4 days.
Then you make the 2 batches of Blackberry Jam, with the keen interest in a first: Making Peach Jam with, a recipe that intrigued us: Peach w/ginger & Bourbon. 3 Batches of Peach, each with less and less ginger…….can’t wait to try this.
Finally, must inspect the garden, pick the RIPE tomatoes and tomatillos, go in and make a FRESH BLT …..yum.
Yep, a quiet evening today………………tired all round.That’s the way high summer should be.