Saturday, August 6, 2011

Farmers Market Report

I had to chuckle when I got a call en route to my parents' home last weekend. My mother, apparently having read this post, had managed to track down a few farm stand options within driving distance! ("It looks like only one farmer, is that OK?" she asked. No worries there. The kids were thrilled to roam around regardless!)

After bemoaning the quality of fruits found this season, I probably found the best peaches I had ever eaten at a fourth-generation orchard outside of Evansville, Indiana. They were among the last of the sesaon's, picked that day, but these white peaches stood up to travel and were AMAZING days later. My kids begged for seconds...and thirds...The peaches truly outshown what mom had planned for dinner! But I'm fine with that.

We're approaching back-t0-school time this week, which mean's it's also tomato sauce season. Having had poor luck with my tomato plants this year, I'm hoping to score some ugly paste tomatoes cheap and start making some sauce on this likely stormy day!

What are your latest market finds? Are you finding you're preserving more? Or enjoying in the moment?


Willo said...

We are seeing the last of the cherries and the first of the peaches. My son is elated!

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

I almost forgot to go to the market today. That would have been really terrible. The cilantro was gone by the time I got there (sniff sniff), but one of the organic farmers has had grapes the last two weeks. Grapes, grapes, grapes! We love them. They are helping me break my bad habit of buying apples out of season at Trader Joe's. I bought 4 pounds of grapes today, along with tomatoes, green onion, zucchini, celery, cauliflower, strawberries raspberries, and baby greens.

Elizabeth said...

We just hosted today the wedding reception for my daughter. Lots of fun, lots of work. Able to use some harvest from my garden in some of the dishes...tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, cilantro, zucchini, corn from a stand. So did not get to go to market today, but one of the guests did and brought a lovely bouquet of flowers.

What with all the preparations I had to put my canning stuff away for the last week. Only was able to freeze 3 more quarts of blueberries. We ate huge amounts of green beans at every meal and my husband was warned to pick those zukes and cukes frequently and SMALL or else. I did manage to send of 3 larger zucchini with guests who wanted to make zucchini bread. I had it laying strategically by the back door.

Birnist said...

I discovered a way to deal with all those "large" zucchini and yellow squash that seem to get away from me overnight in my garden.

I have one of those peeler-type gadgets that, when you draw it across squash, stopping when I hit the seeds, makes spaghetti-like strips. I "quickly" saute the squash (often mixing zucchini and yellow squash because it makes a colorful presentation) in olive oil with some garlic, and serve it with lots of chopped fresh tomatoes mixed with garlic, S&P, a little olive oil, parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil on top.

My family, who insist that they don't like zucchini, gobble it up.


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