August 06, 2008 Editor's note: The guest following column was submitted by Teemie Eschenburg, longtime Almont Township resident, farmer, artist and founder of the Cuntry Heritage Color Tour, a self-guided tour aimed at celebrating and sustaining the rural lifestyle. Teemie is also the director of the CHCT committee.
Recently I received a correspondence addressed to 'farm haven.' I had to laugh due to the reality of the moment. It sure didn't feel like any sort of haven. Mud to my knees, dirty nails, sweaty and hair all a mess. Taking a break to rest up for the next attack on a different weed patch.
In sharing through writing about my "farm girl lifestyle," I give the appearance of this wonderful world, all natural and inviting, country living at its authentic finest. And for the most part it is. With the consistent rains we've had even the weeds don't seem to be as troublesome. In them too lies blessings of peace-filled-quiet-times..
The repetitious chore brings solace, becomes a meditation and brings the discovery of wild garlic. It looks much like chives, the top sports a head of garlic seeds and has a very mild garlic flavor. The wild garlic has had a good year.
On a walk through the garden last summer a dear gardening friend taught me all about it. He showed me how to gather and appreciate the mild taste.
He said "Chop it very fine, add it to a 1/3 cup olive oil along with any spices for a savory marin- ade for meats or vegetables. Let sit over night in the fridge. Thyme and rosemary, the favorite combo for "Billie's Wild Garlic Marinade" we now use all the time for grilled chicken or steak.
This farm girl will miss those lively, always informative, chats as Billie passed away two weeks ago in his garden. But sweet memories will always be a part of many a meal for those who were blessed to have known this creative cook and seasoned gardener.