On a farm, Saturday morning is a work day just like any other day. Now that our children are grown and I am no longer meeting school buses or driving to after-school activities, Saturdays really do seem like a normal day, except that I have special jobs to do, like writing the weekly payroll for our employees. I remember how wonderful Saturday mornings were when we were growing up. No school and we were allowed to watch Saturday morning cartoons on television. Just a relaxing time, and often with a special breakfast of french toast or pancakes and bacon.
One way to make Saturday special is to bring back the special breakfast tradition. Our friend Rachael (La Fuji Mama) presented The Farmer with a homemade loaf of bread yesterday, so I decided to make an extra-delicious scramble to go on top of thick slices of toasted Fuji Mama Bread!
Last weekend I bought some shallots at the Little Italy Mercato from our cousins, Schaner Farms. They sell an amazing array of their homegrown produce at various farmers’ markets, including Santa Monica, Vista, Del Mar and Little Italy. It’s always fun to visit with them and catch up on our family news! Kayne and Peter Schaner are our youngest daughter’s godparents.
I learned about another California family farm this week who is bringing delicious sundried tomato products to kitchens all over the world. Mooney Farms of Chico, California produces the Bella Sun Luci brand of sundried tomatoes, available in small packages that are convenient and perfect for everyday family cooking. I received a package of their Sun Dried Tomatoes with Italian Basil (julienne-cut) at Camp Blogaway two weeks ago. After exploring the Mooney Farms website and seeing a film about their family farm on Facebook, I was eager to try their tomatoes. My husband’s father grew tomatoes for 40 years while raising his family in Huntington Beach, California so we have a special interest in family-farmed tomatoes!
This morning I used fresh shallots from Schaner Farms, Bella Sun Luci Sun Dried Tomatoes from Mooney Farms, and fresh California avocados from our own farm to make a special batch of scrambled eggs. Topped with some crumbled Greek feta cheese too! On top of Fuji Mama’s delicious toasted homemade bread. Our Saturday morning IS special now!