Because gardeners tend to help other gardeners.
Because we like to share our successes, trials and recipes.
Because we enjoy introducing each other to new things.
Is the reason my husband brought these home.
They are miniature white cucumbers and from what I can tell they are an heirloom. We have never tried these before and LOVE them. By the way my 3 year old is holding 4 cucumbers. That is how cute, tiny, small they are. She also ate 3 by herself shortly after this picture was taken. The taste is very mild and they make a great snacking cucumber especially since you do not need to remove the skins.
So here is round about way we acquired these beauties.
One day in the distant past Ms. @meemsnyc posted on her blog Gardening in the boroughs of nyc a picture of a batch of pickles she made (see here). Without much begging @meemsnyc graciously emailed me the pickle recipe.
I must say that in my years of dabbling with canning pickles, this recipe is the best, by far, pickle recipe I have ever made. I'm sure if you ask nicely, she might email you the recipe as well.
Here is the 3rd batch made just last night. I have to add that Ms. @meemsnyc strongly warned me that it is nearly impossible to wait the 10 long days it takes to let the flavors meld before you open the jar. You will have to take both of our word that it is good even at 3 and 5 days.
Because @meemsnyc gave me the recipe, my husband had a new favorite.
Because my husband had a new favorite, he had to share it with his coworkers who also love spicy home canned goodness.
Because he decided to share the spicy home canned goodness, a coworker that he has never had the pleasure to speak to stopped by his desk.
Because the coworker stopped by his desk and tried the pickles, he told my husband all of the things that he grew in his garden, what he canned, etc.
Because they were talking gardens and because my husband shared the pickles, this awesome gardener coworker brought in the miniature white cucumbers, originally grown in North Carolina and over the years brought here. He also promised to share some seeds with me to spread the pickle goodness.!!!
So because gardeners, like to share, help, and introduce new things to each other, I will have a new plant growing in my garden next year!
See what you started @meemsnyc!!! My sincere thanks.