In almost all of the material we have read about Samoan culture, there is always a section on family land. The matai breaks up the land for each person in the family to farm as they see fit. So, in case Karen and I are asked to do some farming, we will be ready. We sharpened our tools, got out the muddy gloves, and pulled weeds till the DC mosquitoes forced us to stop.
Not all of our plants survived, unfortunately. However, this was not due to our error, but rather unwanted 3rd party actions. Regardless, we have had an awesome harvest and our tomatoes are still going strong. We had plenty of Zucchini, Banana Peppers, Jalapeños, Green Peppers, Mint, Basil, Peaches, Thyme, Rosemary, and of course 6 varieties of tomato.
We were able to make many different meals out of our veggies including some Polynesian ones that we found at the Rockville public library. It called for Red Snapper, which we didn’t have. The closest fish they had was Rockfish, which to the rest of the world is known as Striper, or Sea Bass. We made it with coconut mango rice, and fruit salad. It was definitely one of the better dinners this summer.
Today, we are digging up the peppers, and 3 zucchini plants as their producing time has past. We will be planting some kale, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, romaine lettuce, kohlrabi, and cabbage.
As if that wasn’t enough, we will also be packing for our trip to Seattle today. Our ride comes in between 3:30 and 3:45 am tomorrow morning. Yay!