Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hydrangea Luncheon

We couldn't have asked for a better day.  It was sunny and warm, at least it was outside.  Inside, the barn was very breezy and cool until they shut the door by our table, then it was perfect.  But that didn't happen until after the opening talk.

First there was the standard introduction with some history of Hurd Orchards and then we learned  about the growing of Hydrangeas, how they were started at Hurd Orchards and the importance of water for them.
 We had three vases of flowers on our long table.
We started with a fruit salad of fresh peaches, nectarines, plums, and red raspberries with a peach buttermilk dressing.
We were served honey oatmeal bread, peach muffins with peach and pear jam.
The main course was ham with a spicy plum jam, applesauce made with Macintosh apples and a sprig of mint on top and an absolutely delicious tomato stuffed with cream cheese mixed with tarragon vinegar, chopped purple onion and fresh herbs and topped with basil.
For dessert there was a peaches and red raspberry crisp with a dollop of whipped cream.
The entire meal was accompanied by a Jersey Mac apple cider.

Lila and Anna seemed to be paying a lot of attention
Mary Beth, Lynn, Joan, Sandy & Jane
 Anna, Helen, Georgeanna, Kathy & Cecilia
 Barb & Sherry
After the huge vase of hydrangeas was removed, there was Annette.  

Thanks Annette for arranging our outing.

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