Saturday, May 12, 2012

At the Market: Here Comes the Sun

I was so glad to wake up to blue skies and birds singing and brilliant sunshine after so much rain lately. I'm grateful for the wet weather we've had because I know that all the beautiful and delicious plants in the area desperately needed it, but I'm still happy that it's cleared up!

Heading to Gossett's Farm Market this morning was the perfect way to kick off Mother's Day weekend. The first thing I picked up at Madura Farms was some brilliant green cauliflower so I can finally try this recipe from Summer Tomato (which I've been wanting to make for ages!)
And I HAD to buy some spring carrots. I have a bit of a carrot obsession. It's not unusual to find me chomping away on the largest carrot I can find as an afternoon snack, like a bunny. My husband thinks this is quite entertaining.
Spring Carrots
The Farmer's Daughter had so many premade goodies for sale..pickles and pesto and pastries (oh my!) I bought some fresh mozzarella marinated with sun-dried tomatoes and basil which I plan on serving with fried polenta this week. I usually stay away from prepared food at the market because I like to make my own things from scratch, but once I tasted a sample of that marinated mozzarella I couldn't resist buying some!
Assorted Prepared Goodies
The Most Delicious Flakey Italian Pastries EVER (I totally forgot what they're called)
Migliorelli Farm has more and more veggies to offer each's wonderful to have so much to choose from! Their greens are especially amazing.
Lots of Greens from Migliorelli Farm
I was super lucky to get the last dozen colored eggs from Gaia's Breath Farm...I love cooking with these eggs all week long, and look forward to capturing their lovely colors in a drawing sometime soon!
This Week's Harvest (Including my Favorite Colored Eggs)
I didn't buy as much at the market as usual, because I'm saving some of this week's budget to spend at Muscoot Farmer's Market which is opening for the season tomorrow (I'll be sure to post on all the goodies I find there too!) 

I hope you're all enjoying this sunny weekend so far, and that you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

This Week's Harvest:
Red Leaf Lettuce - Madura Farms
Green Cauliflower - Madura Farms
Spring Carrots - Madura Farms
Gadzukes Zucchini - Madura Farms
Radishes - Madura Farms
Green Beans - Madura Farms
White Mushrooms - Madura Farms
Marinated Mozzarella - The Farmer's Daughter
Asparagus - Migliorelli Farm
Purple Scallions - Migliorelli Farm
Colored Free Range Organic Eggs - Gaia's Breath Farm

Artwork in Progress: "Triad" Part 2

 I finally got back to drawing on Thursday after an almost 2-week-long hiatus. I was literally "under the weather" for a few weeks with a cloud-and-rain-induced migraine (and migraines make it really difficult to work on art). Luckily the sunshine has reappeared and I'm happy to be drawing again!

Here's where I left off a few weeks ago, with the very beginnings of a black and white drawing....

I knew after completing the contour line thumbnail sketch for this piece that it was going to be a complicated one. The different textures, numerous veins and folds in the leaves, and the bright highlights and deep shadows make for an exciting but challenging composition.
You can see that that this drawing is relatively small (6"x8") which means drawing lots of teeny-tiny details.
 Here's where I left off at the end of the day Friday...with the main lines of the entire composition sketched, and a few of the leaves worked through.
I'm excited to get back to it on Monday, but in the mean time I plan on thoroughly enjoying this gorgeous Mother's Day weekend! I hope you have a great one too :)

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...

Bell Peppers

Rutabagas and Zucchini


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 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,'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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