The fact that I can get locally grown peanuts in New York City never ceases to amaze me. I had to go without them last year because of an exceptionally wet spring. But this year, fresh local peanuts are back in my farmers market, thanks to organic farmers Zaid and Haifa Kurdieh of Norwich Meadows Farm. And that makes me SMILE!
When I was a little girl, my paternal grandmother had a sewing basket that she kept in the enclosed back porch of her Chicago home. Inexplicably, at the bottom of the basket — alongside the needles, thread, and darning egg — were more than a dozen shiny marbles, each different from the other. I couldn’t wait to hold each one up to the light and admire its size, shape, color, and unique design. Each year, when cranberry beans come into season, I am reminded of the surprise I experienced when I first found the precious and beautiful little objects in such an unpredictable place.