Earlier this week, our Sr. Judith Miryam made a few jars of “Sunshine Pickles” half-sour pickles, just in time for our Fourth of July Picnic. Since it was Sister’s first try at pickling, she consulted Sr. Mary Martin (our prime pickle-maker) who provided a trusted recipe from Sr. Mary Elizabeth’s mother. After about three days catching the rays on the cloister, the pickles were ready. Sister pronounced them nice and crunchy, with just the right amount of sourness.
The pickling cucumbers and fresh dill came from JustFarmed, a produce service founded by Meredith Lehman, which delivers a variety of fresh vegetables and fruit from local farms each week, from May to November. to our monastery. We have been subscribers for over a year and are very pleased with the tasty and healthy additions to our table, which supplement our own homegrown vegetables. The wide spectrum of offerings, from arugula to zucchini, keeps our sister cooks on their creative toes, searching for recipes or using the ones provided in each week’s delivery boxes. Because we are a non-profit organization, we occasionally receive surplus produce, which is always appreciated by our community. Thanks to our good friend and benefactor, May Fridel of Passion for Spices, for recommending JustFarmed to us!