Eugenie and the Gooseberries

Eugenie is a very close friend of my mother’s and I’d heard so much about her that I felt I knew her. I¬†finally had the pleasure of meeting her last Fourth of July for a cold glass of lemonade on her porch. Eugenie and her husband have the greenest thumbs I have ever seen. Their garden is a place of magic, of huge trees, tall grasses, colorful flowers I have never seen before and vegetables and fruits that made my mouth water. Eugenie will always give my mom small gifts – a glass of strawberry freezer jam, gooseberry marmalade, fresh lettuce… These things never survive long when us kids are around. They’re simply too delicious… all the more so now that we know where they come from!