Miss Judy arrived on Saturday, usually late morning. We would look out the dining room picture window and see her red van drive up. She would unload the van and bring in arm fulls of summer produce that she had picked up along the drive from Pensacola. The most wonderful thing about the drive from Big P to Jackson was traveling through Mobile and all of the small Alabama towns in which local farms would display their summer crops at roadside produce stands. Tomatoes, Squash, Butter Beans, Pole Beans, Cucumbers (Cukes), ears of sweet corn, Peaches, Watermelons, and Strawberries! This would last Mother for a month at least.
We would then jump in the car and drive up to Kroger. This is one of my favorite memories! Mother was no longer driving at this point in time after having had a little fender bender in the Kroger parking lot. So the weekends we were able to visit, she would relish going grocery shopping and Kroger was her favorite grocery store! She would say, "ok, what shall we make for supper?" We took our time during the stroll through the grocery, as she would always meet up with a few friends she had not seen in a while. It was a social occasion for her obviously! Reminding Mother that we could only stay the weekend, and would have to head back to Dothan and Pensacola on Sunday afternoon, we would use some of the summer produce from Alabama to prepare (we call it "fix") dinner for Saturday night. We always made a squash casserole, summer succotash and a dessert. Judy's favorite was lemon chess pie so there were times, this calorie laden dessert was on the menu! I cherish those days. I always said I would try to live life with no regrets. That probably is a goal to strive for, but nearly impossible to ever achieve. I regret the time...not having enough of it! I can no longer go home to Jackson and walk in the front door of our house, sleep in my bedroom, share dinner in our dining room, have breakfast in the kitchen, or have morning coffee on the back porch. I can no longer kiss my mother good-bye. I can no longer share a grocery shopping trip with her. I regret not spending more weekends in Jackson visiting. So...I revisit these memories often....especially walking into the front doors at Kroger with mother.......
Cook butter beans in boiling salted water to cover 20 minutes or until tender; drain.
Sauté corn in 1 Tbsp. hot oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp-tender.
Whisk together lemon juice, next 4 ingredients, and remaining 2 Tbsp. oil in a large bowl; stir in corn and butter beans. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 3 days.
Summer Squash Casserole