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Pacific Northwest Spring: Rain delays planting season, but rhubarb is thriving!

Yes, it has been an unusually soggy winter and spring here in the Pacific Northwest. So soggy that it made the national news.  That being the case, things are running about a month later than usual in Farmer Bob's garden. In April, the soil got its first rototilling of the season -- followed by two more rounds. And fortunately, we've had enough non-rainy days so Bob has been able to get back in the dirt and plant most of his seeds. 
Springtime means lots of rhubarb in our garden, and our trusty plant (now 35 years old), keeps producing year after year. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend is a recipe from Kathy Casey for a Rhubarb Collins. Cheers to sunshine and cocktails from the garden!
Rhubarb Collins
This drink is also delicious with a dash of fresh strawberry puree. I also like to garnish it with a small spring of thyme and a lemon wedge. For a non-alcoholic cooler, delete the vodka and just add more soda water.
Makes one cocktail

1-1/2 ounces Organic Vodka, such as Moon …

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