Living in the central valley has its perks and there is a reason why it is one of the world’s most agriculturally productive lands. Thanks to the wonders of irrigation, acres and acres of rice and other food crops are grown in a climate akin to the inside of a dry blast furnace. During the summer months, I rarely made trips to the farmer’s market (seriously, who wants to go browse for food in 100 degree weather) and it seemed like we always had a plethora of free veggies from various friends’ and coworkers’ gardens. So when our friends Jake and Kendra went out of town for a couple weeks, we got to take care of their garden….and by garden I mean their giant plot of land full of vegetables. Cucumbers (Japanese, Lemon, Pickle, Armenian), eggplants (Italian, Japanese, Thai), tomatillos, peppers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, red onion, green and purple string beans to name a few. Yuan even came out to visit one weekend and helped us harvest the garden.
Behold our bounty!