Posts Tagged ‘local food’

To market, to market…

Though I’m more inclined to buy a fat fig than a fat pig, I love me some farmer’s market!

This week’s bounty:

An abundance of GREEN.

Florets and Leaves.

The only kind of eggs I'll eat: eggs from happy chickens.

My next Blendtec experiment: Nut Butters.

I’d say that it was a fairly successful market day.  I picked up:

  • kale
  • boston lettuce
  • a huge head of romaine
  • an avocado
  • a bag of spinach
  • two bunches of green onions
  • a huge bunch of dill…just because it smelled so good
  • two heads of cauliflower
  • two heads of broccoli
  • a dozen organic eggs

This morning’s load (produce and eggs only) cost me just over $40.  Given that it is all local, organic and picked about an hour before I bought it…I think this was a good deal, especially compared to the prices of organic produce in our local grocery stores.  I love the market.  I wish it was open year-round (it’s only open from November until June).

Afterwards, we went to a little coffee shop for a pick-me-up, since we were at the market at the crack of dawn.  By that I mean 8:00 a.m.  I had a bowl of cottage cheese with fresh fruit on top and a drizzle of honey…mmmm.  A quick stop at the local health store for nuts, earth balance, tempeh and a few other odds and ends and our morning errands were done.

We used to laze around our apartment on Saturday mornings, often not even getting dressed until after 12:00 p.m.  I’m finding that getting up earlier and getting out – to the market, or wherever – really makes the weekend seem longer.  I love it!  Why not make the most of precious time off?

How do you like to make the most of your weekends?


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Local Harvest.

Yesterday morning, I dragged my man out of bed at the crack of dawn (also known as 8:00 a.m. in our house) and dragged him to the local farmer’s market.  We’ve been before but never went early enough to score the good veggies and were left staring at a few tables of brownish bananas and wilted spinach.  I never gave the market very much credit after that but decided, on the urging of a co-worker, to give it another shot.  And guess what?  Fabulous.

The Rock is unique for a lot of reasons, one of which being that the soil isn’t very deep (it really is a rock), so there are a lot of vegetables and fruits that simply can’t grow here.  However, there are a lot of vegetables and fruits that definitely can and I came home yesterday with a shopping bag full of them.  Observe:

Unpictured is the dozen organic eggs that I bought from the same farmer.  Cost-wise, the market was no real difference from the grocery store…maybe a few dollars more, and about double the price in the case of the eggs.  However, I got to chat with the farmer and his wife and they told me a bit about their farming practices and what they would have  next weekend, which was cool.

What wasn’t cool was realizing that I have WAY too much stuff in the fridge, so I had to get a bit creative there.  Carrots in the butter compartment.  Oh well.

It was a beautiful day yesterday.  After the market, we went for coffee and then made our way back to our apartment, which we attacked with sponges and soap until it was sparkling again.  We haven’t given it a really good clean since before Christmas and it definitely needed it.  I also put in some more time with The Shack because I’m super anxious to get to the next book in my pile!

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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