A Soap Box Message - Something to do & Bean Salad

      So July is here, the 4th is past and we are full into tourist season. First locals, please be mindful and courteous, these folks help pay your mortgage, your neighbor's mortgage, your golfing buddies mortgage. You ladies, they help pay for your girlfriend's kids cloths for school, and help pay for your out-laws grocery bill. You get the point, we live here with their support. Now on the other hand, you tourists, part timers, and relative cottage invaders. Please remember you do not live here year round and we do, you want to have a good time, we want you to have a good time, but please help us want you to come back. You will have a much better time if you make people want to be around you then if you treat them badly, this includes towards the J-1 students. And this goes to both locals and tourists, these kids are here for a short time, helping us take care of the increased number of people here. We need to leave them with a good taste of Americans, we need to act better then our elected politicians (on both sides of the fence not just one side or another.) Let's see if we can build the bridge of peace for them to take home, let peace begin with each one of us towards them. 

      Ok that was my soap box, I'm off now. If you are looking for something fun to do with the kids, after everyone has left the beach, (please not when it is crowded) go buy a kite, you don't have to get the expensive ones, the smaller the children the smarter you are to go cheap. But then go take the kids and teach them how to fly that thing. Sounds kind of out there, but trust me your kids will never forget you taking time with them while teaching them something fun. It doesn't take much and it will be a good bonding time that they will remember for a life time. 
      Well that's it for now, just have a wicked wonderful time while you're here on Cape Cod.      
      Small business report: First just a quick carry over word from last week. If you have not seen the summer edition of Edible Cape Cod there is a wicked article about Truro Vineyards/South Hollow owners The Roberts.Go check it out it is worth reading. 
      Now on with the report: E&T Farms 85 Lombard Ave, West Barnstable or on line at http://www.eandtfarmsinc.com/ or facebook www.facebook.com/ET-farms-170191233012127. I am taking this right from there about tab on their web site, my input, if you get a chance to try any of their products super good.. Now about: We are a family run business on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We have been keeping bees for over eighteen years. What started as a hobby has developed into a passion for producing only the finest available honey and other products from the beehive. Our hard working bees pollinate local Cape Cod cranberry bogs and visit florals of this special area to produce beautiful golden honey.Our aquaponics is the integration of aquaculture (shrimp farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water). Within the aquaponics system, there are three primary organisms: shrimp, plants and nitrifying bacteria. Each of these life forms is dependent in some way on the other for survival. The shrimp produce manure which acts as a fertilizer for the plants. Shrimp manure is mainly in the form of ammonia. Nitrifying bacteria convert ammonia into nitrate which is non-toxic to the shrimp and also is a form of nitrogen the plants take up most readily. The shrimp produce the fertilizer for the plants and with help of the bacteria, the plants clean the water for the shrimp. Our shrimp are in 6,000 gallon tanks using water from Cape Cod Bay in Barnstable. The salad greens and micro greens and basil are grown using the finest nutrients available. We now have egg-laying chickens providing us (and you!) with fresh eggs. You want it fresh, you want it local, this is one place you wont go wrong. 
      I try to stay first on the Cape for my business reports but every now and then I will broaden out, first to just off Cape from Fall River to just north of Plymouth, then all of Massachusetts and finally all of New England. All of my contacts have been through craft and artisan shows here on the Cape so I am not traveling to get these, they are coming to us. So check out their web sites to see where and when they will be next in this area. I am always interested in good pet treats and supplies. This next business is from Fall River, the name is a little long but it works for them A Passion Fur Paws Barkery and Apothecary find them on facebook or on the web at https://fuelfurpaws.com/. Straight from their About Us: A Passion Fur Paws! Paws truly are our passion and we are excited to be a part of your dog's journey to a healthier mind, body and spirit. We believe that good nutrition is the key component of good health, which is why we are dedicated to providing delicious all-natural dog snacks and treats made with only human-grade ingredients. We never add preservatives or use artificial colors or flavors in any of our recipes. We wholeheartedly support and encourage a holistic approach to pet health care and wellness. Our organic essential oil-based wellness products provide natural, chemical-free alternatives to help treat common illnesses and conditions. If you run across these folks their products are all organic and very good. Your pet will be thanking you for such a fun and good treat. 
      Last Report is a restaurant: The Portside Tavern on North Street in Hyannis. This is a family owned restaurant that is a cozy little place with some good eats. We started off with the Calamari, wonderful lightly battered with a aioli that was not overpowering. Kind of funny that the wife will not eat the pieces that look like the tentacles I will eat any of it. Then the wife and daughter had a cup of their chowder and split a small Cheesy Noodles w/Lobster. Either one of them could have made a meal out of just the Lobster & Noodles. But both said the chowder was very good, partially cause they use bacon in it, and we all know bacon makes everything taste better. I had the chicken wings with the Rhubarb BBQ sauce. The wings were very meaty and were juicy all the way through, not overdone and very good flavor. I also had a flight of beer along with, you get 4 beers about 3 oz each for only $7.50, not bad for a flight. The parking is a little tight but you can also park across the street in the town parking lot if you go later and it is a little crowded. They have a small dinning room then additional seating up in the balcony up a beautiful spiral wood staircase and more seating at the bar. Prices are average and the food is good, this is a place we will come back to.      
      Welcome back my friends, I hope your summer has been going well. Here at the light house we have seen an increase number of visitors which just tickles me pink if you know what I mean. It is good to see people coming and getting excited to learn about the history of not on this old gal but others in the area. We need more people getting involved to help save many of these historic buildings and working to keep them up. It is great to want to automate some of these however we still need many of these old light houses for the everyday boater and fisherman who does not have the latest and greatest beacon tracking system and never will. We need to work or preserving these great structures and keep them up, not just for history's sake but for everyday continued use. Well, if you have been here already thank you, if you are still coming I hope you have us on the schedule in ink. And to you locals, please don't let the tourists scare you off, we need you too, you are here year round and it's been do to the local volunteers that we have such a wonderful exhibit and grounds here. Thank you to those who are already part of it, and if you are not please consider. Well this day is coming to an end and I need to get my rest. Hope you all have a great and wonderful especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod, and hope to see you soon.  
      I have always been loved bean salads, I don't know why but I have. I guess part of it was my family would eat just about everything and anything that did not eat us first. My Dad was not afraid of the kitchen and when Mom made something new we all had to at least try it. And there was never a bad word when something did not go just right. The comment normally came about like: "we could wait awhile to have that again" or "that was interesting, maybe we can try that again at a later date." But no one ever said a bad word to Mom, and we all grew up loving to try new things and did it often and loved most of it. Well I hope you love trying new things and in doing so will give this recipe a try. Its a good recipe for a picnic, for church, social group or work pot luck, and you can cut this recipe in half if you just want dinner for the family. So let's get this going before I start eating my own words here. Now on with the show:
 
      This week's recipe: Bean Salad
 
      1      can      cut green beans (16-17 oz)
      1      can      cut yellow beans (16-17oz)
      1      can      red kidney beans (5-6 oz) well rinsed
      1      can      garbanzo beans (5-6 oz) 
   1/2      cup      green pepper, finely chopped
   1/2      cup      celery, finely chopped
      1      small   onion, finely chopped
      1      jar        julienned pimiento (2 oz)
   2/3      cup      wine vinegar
   3/4      cup      sugar
   1/3      cup      salad oil
      1      tsp       salt
      1      tsp       pepper, fresh ground
 
      Combine beans, green pepper, celery, onion and pimiento. In separate bowl combine remaining ingredients and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over bean mixture. Refrigerate seeral hours or overnight stirring 3 or 4 times. Drain before serving. 

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