At My Farmer's Market Today...
I woke up before 7 and decided, "I'm going to run down to the Farmer's Market!" (Ours is Wednesday-Saturday.) Here's what I brought home: the last of our local strawberries, the first of our local blueberries, raspberries, Queen Anne cherries, a blueberry donut (I watched Bobby Flay's donut Throwdown last night and couldn't resist), brocolli, and then some fresh flowers, hydrangeas and lavender.
I'm eating a mix of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries right now with yogurt and honey. I've got plans to use the broc in a pasta dish later, and more strawberries for dessert with angel food. Anybody else go to a market today?
You bet! Went in the evening just after dinner rush. Saw the mushroom lady first and picked up some mystery wild mushrooms and huang hua (long narrow yellow flower buds). Then bought fresh shelled soybeans. I bought some baby bok choy while ribbing the vendor for drenching it in water (keeping the veg fresh but also adding lots of weight). I finally got green onions and the onion lady convinced me to buy some winter melon. I made the soybean feta dip from the dip thread topic below. For dinner broiled the huang hua and tried out the mushrooms and bok choy in a stir fry.
I'm going to a market in the afternoon--the local one near my house. But we did go to market on Saturday--will that count?
We bought: 3 lbs of cherries [2 lbs rainiers and 1 lb chelens (sp)], 1 lb of apricots, 1/2 lb of sea beans [a forged next to the ocean veggie], 2 bunches of spinach, 1 bunch of green onions, 2 lbs of rhubarb, a couple of heirloom tomatos, some goat cheese rolled in herb de provence, a lovely slice of ham, a lb of farro, some hamburger meat for July 4 burgers, a loaf of hominy bread and 3 tea plants.
Most of the cherries were consumed by the pups but some went into a nice clafouti for sunday breakfast. The sea beans were sauteed with garlic and tossed with the rinsed spinach and a chopped up tomato for a salad. Even the littlest raw veggie adverse pup liked it. The apricots needed a day or so to ripen a bit more. The tea plants are growing on the porch. The rhubard will be sliced up and frozen for later use. Part of the farro went into an overnight cooked one pot meal for Monday's dinner--browned some chuck beef and tossed 2 cups of farro with 3 chunky carrots, a head of peeled garlic cloves, some thyme, some oregano and some salt with 7 cups of water into a le crueset covered dish. Stuffed all in the oven overnight at about 225. yum.
you all inspire me to branch out a bit more at the market!
my most exciting purchase was a small silver thyme plant to put in my kitchen windowsill - i keep killing the ones i plant outside ... (this 95 degree NC weather apparently takes a few summers to get used to!)
i also splurged on a big beautiful canteloupe that smells divine... so good first thing in the morning.