One of Planet Earth’s finest humans is friend Barby Buss, former Iowa Citian and CSA customer who now resides in Maine. Now that we are in pickle season, it is appropriate to reproduce her recipe for you.

Dear Susan,

Here is the pickle recipe I grew up with.

MIXED VEGETABLE PICKLE (We just called it Mixed Pickle)
copied from The Mennonite community Cookbook, by Mary Emma Showalter

1 large head cauliflower 1 quart carrots, cut in inch pieces
1 quart small cucumbers 1 quart Lima beans
1 quart small onions, whole 1 quart vinegar
1 quart celery, diced 2 cups sugar
2 red sweet peppers, chopped 1 tablespoons salt
2 green peppers, chopped 4 tablespoons dry mustard

Break cauliflower into flowerless. Cut peppers and carrots into bite-size pieces.
Cook each vegetable separately in salt water until tender, but not soft.
Mix cooked vegetables lightly.

Combine sugar, vinegar, salt and mustard and bring to a boil.
Add mixed vegetables and heat again to the boiling point.

Pour into hot jars and seal.

(There’s lots more pickle recipes where this one came from.)

Sorry to miss seeing you next week, but we will be back.


Here’s another favorite pickle recipe.

Today you will have garlic Chinese chives, catnip, lemon and lime thyme, French thyme, mixed lettuce; lime, dark opal, African and Genovese basil; smooth German, red Russian and lacinato kale; nigella, lemon balm, sage, beet green, perennial wild petunia, cherry belle radish, mixed Greek and Italian oregano, rosemary, lavender, gaillardia, achillea, hosta, cosmos, peppermint and spearmint, lovage, sorrel, phlox, borage blossom, pineapple sage, Russian sage, catalpa bean (ornamental), calendula, gladiolus, Queen Anne’s lace, heliopolis, coreopsis, brown-eyed Susan, pak choi, mustard green, collard green; miniature white, bushy, and Poona Kheera cucumber; green tint summer squash, echinacea, physostegia, hydrangea, coriander bouquet, early wonder and tall top beet; and all blue, rose Finn apple, and German butterball potato.

Below are images of the sheer beauty of okra, ripening tomatoes and cucumbers galore.

Iowa City folks, see you later today. QCA, see you on Sunday. Thanks for everything. Your business and support mean a lot. Farewell to neighbors and customers Jake Kersten and Liz Gronert, off to the Portland area.