Friday, May 11, 2012

At the Market: Clouds and Crowds

I've been late all week....late getting to Gossett's Farmers Market last Saturday, late answering emails and texts, late getting dinner ready, and very late writing this post. I almost decided to skip this week's "At the Market" post altogether (since my next trip to the market is less than 24 hours away), but then I went back and looked at my pictures and got all excited and inspired, so here we go!

As I said, I was totally late getting to the market...I pulled up around 11am (when I meant to get there at 9am, oh dear) and it was hopping despite the gloomy skies.

There was great stuff (as always) at Madura Farms, including garlic scapes (the first I've seen this season)! Boy do I love me some scapes - on pizza, sauteed or roasted with veggies, and at breakfast time with eggs and homefries and grits. Tomorrow I hope to pick up a bunch of them to make into pesto (and I might even bust out the canning gear to pickle some to satisfy my mid-winter scape cravings).
Garlic Scapes
I spent a while chatting with Richard at Madura...he recommended reading Eating From the Ground Up (a blog) and The Homemade Pantry (a cookbook), both written by  Alana Chernila. I already have a total blog crush on her, and am thinking of buying her gorgeous book as a Mothers Day gift for myself.

So many beautiful colors and textures to be found at the market...the deep purple tips of asparagus spears, the waxy red surface of a bell pepper, the plum blush of a rutabaga, the papery yellow ochre skins of onions. I want to draw and paint them all...

Asparagus
Bell Peppers

Rutabagas and Zucchini

Onions

After Madura I hit up Gaia's Breath Farm for some Cumin Cheese (for Cinco de Mayo quesadillas) and some salad greens.
Triple Washed Salad Greens

I also tried some delightful cheese samples (sampling is one of the best parts of going to the market...I love errands with built in snacks) and bought some sheep's-milk cheese for the first time (which my 13-month-old devoured).
Cheese Samples...so good!
I picked up some delightful veggies at Migliorelli Farm including some purple scallions (which I had been lusting for since my previous trip to the market) and some beautiful baby rainbow chard.
Rainbow Chard

My final stop was at Pickle Licious...I LOVE all the pickled goodies they sell...cucumbers, olives, artichokes, peppers...it's antipasto veggie heaven.
Bread and Butter Pickles

Olives, Mushrooms and Roasted Peppers

Hopefully now that the sun's returned I'll be more motivated to get to the market early tomorrow...I can't wait!

This Week's Harvest:
Garlic Scapes - Madura Farms
Sweet Potatoes - Madura Farms
Red Potatoes - Madura Farms
Yellow Onion - Madura Farms
Red Onion - Madura Farms
Grape Tomatoes - Madura Farms
Vine-Ripe Tomatoes - Madura Farms
Kirby Cucumbers - Madura Farms
Red Bell Pepper - Madura Farms
Carrots - Madura Farms
Eggs - Madura Farms
Dutch Girl Cheese - Cumin Cheese - Gaia's Breath Farm
Dutch Girl Cheese - "Softy from Leonardsville" Sheep's Milk Cheese - Gaia's Breath Farm
Salad Greens - Gaia's Breath Farm
Rainbow Chard - Migliorelli Farm
Purple Scallions - Migliorelli Farm
Parsley - Migliorelli Farm
Cilantro - Migliorelli Farm
Kalamata Olives - Pickle Licious




















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