One of my favorite ways to spend the day this time of year is strolling around the farmers’ market. I love the sights, smells, tastes and sounds that surround me. Kudos to my hubby for sharing some of the pictures of my favorite local farmers’ market….Easton Farmers’ Market. Another great thing about the farmers’ market? The people!! Most of the vendors are more than willing to talk to you about their wares, whether it is produce, bread, or fabulous farm bags!
One thing to keep in mind when deciding to head out to the farmers’ market is the type of market. If you truly want to support your local farmers, make sure to go to a producer-only market. These market only allow vendors to sell their own produce, grown on their own farms. Or products made by the vendor themselves. No large wholesalers allowed!
The farmers’ market inspires me more than anything else. I will pick up a strange-looking veggie (like the kohlrabi I discovered a few weeks ago) and take it home to try it after talking to the farmer about it. My poor hubby will eat (and actually enjoy) fresh green garlic I mistook for spring onions, too. I would never do this in the grocery store.
Lets talk more about the kohlrabi I came upon a few weeks ago. If you have ever seen it, you know it is strange-looking! I couldn’t resist the bright purple color and beautiful greens. I am so glad I spoke to the farmer about it and decided to try it! It has the texture of a turnip, but a sweeter, more delicate flavor. I used it in place of potatoes in Doro Wat….YUM!
Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE MUSHROOMS! Another great find?? Organic mushrooms fresh from the dirt! How could I resist?? A pound of each please? Oysters, creminis and shitakes go into my bag! The possibilities are endless!
Kale? I never knew there were so many varieties! Tuscan, russian, redbor, siberian….I love them all and they are so good for you! Sautéed with the above mushrooms it makes a great topping for steak!
We are also lucky enough to have a local apiary at the farmers’ market. We now have raw unfiltered honey, solid honey, and traditional liquid honey in the cupboard. Our only regret is that he has been sold out of honeycomb and we have to wait for the bees to produce more. My favorite way to enjoy honey? On a spoon as is!
I can’t say enough about the breads. Honey whole wheat, whole grain, epi loaves, focaccia, even a chocolate cherry sourdough! French toast? Yes, please. Bread pudding? Yes, please!
This weekend as we strolled, a local chef was creating a fabulous looking cheese steak sandwich. Hold the cheese on mine, please? His creation was called the “local”, as all the ingredients were from the market. Organic veal, arugula, roasted red peppers, truffle aoili, white cheddar (not on mine, but my hubby enjoyed), on a fabulous crusty bread. Best, yummiest steak sandwich I ever had!
One of the most enjoyable parts of the day?? Coming home, after spending the day in the fresh air buying fabulous local foods and unpacking the bounty onto the kitchen counter. Most days, the items get placed in my bags, thrown over my shoulder and forgotten about. The creative juices really start flowing as I unpack my precious cargo. thoughts of meals for the week dance in my head. Recipes (sometimes seen here) are begun, sometimes scribbled down right on the spot!
I could probably go on all day about how much I love farmers’ market and the inspiration I find at them, but I won’t bore you. I will however, recommend that you go out and find a producer-only local farmers’ market you love as much as I love mine.