Bulla Family Farm is growing each year, with 2012 being the best set of crops yet! I grew tomatoes – lots of tomatoes – along with cucumbers, squash, zucchini, corn, bell and banana peppers, potatoes, pumpkins, garlic, bush beans, okra, and eggplant. No luck with the watermelons this year, though.
Eggplant was my favorite crop this year. They have one of the most beautiful flowers (purple with a light yellow center) and are a wonderful substitute for meat in a meal. I know, I never thought I’d use those words together, but it’s true! I also made several batches of Caponata all Siciliana with these home grown beauties. Caponata, for short, is a traditional Sicilian dish of eggplant, olives, capers, onions, and homemade spicy marinara sauce. So good that my Sicilian in-laws were licking their fingers after the first bite!