Lovin' the farmer's market!
May 23, 2010 9:58 am
Updated: May 24, 2010 5:41 pm
I love this time of year with all the fresh veggies starting to come into the farmer's market! Saturday morning, I'm up early and headed with bags in tow for my weekly shopping trip. It's so much fun to see what's new each week, and my meal planning starts while I'm there.
This week...hmm, there's some lovely garlic scapes and sweet green onions. I'll take a couple bunches, please. Next stall...oh my, pea shoots! LOVE those things! Couple bunches again, please. Only $4 down and have a bag full of fresh veggies already. Good thing I brought a few bags! And that spinach and baby bok choy look very tempting...another bag partially filled. Ahh...fresh milk and butter, all organic. Yes, I'll take some chocolate milk (truly the best I've ever tasted!) and some of that wonderful rich butter and some fresh cream, please, for my fresh peaches just purchased from my local organic foods store. Oh my...morels picked that morning! Yes, a bag of those, too, please (expensive but SO tasty!!). And some ground pork from naturally-raised, no hormones, no antibiotics pigs (no, I'm not vegetarian, but we do eat very, very little meat and keep it natural when we do).
With arms loaded with full bags, I head home. First meal, first order of business...slice those morels in half and saute them in the butter I bought....they need nothing else (soaked them in salt water for about 5 minutes to head off any bugs lurking in them) except a fork and a mouth! Yum. Next day after my pork thaws...first idea was a stir-fry, but a peek in the fridge shows me that I need to use my baby cukes very soon. Idea forming...have some carrots, the onions and the garlic scapes, and some buns. Banh Mi burgers! Chop the cukes, carrots, onions, and some garlic....add to rice vinegar with a splash of mirin and refrigerate to pickle for a few hours. To my pork I add....tamari, toasted sesame oil, ginger, garlic, sambal oeleck, and mirin (splash of the liquids is all I use, but I'm pretty generous with the ginger and sambal). Form into patties and grill until desired doneness. Add to buns and top with the pickled mixture and a handful of pea shoots. A little fresh basil and fresh mint (from right outside my door) finish the burger off nicely. Delicious!
This week's meals will include spinach salad, Udon soup with the bok choy, and a sesame pasta salad with pea shoots.
Next Saturday, the process begins again...such fun!
I do grow a garden every year and have for many, many years. I have my 28-container garden planted and growing. But I always visit the farmer's market to supplement and add to my home-grown produce which heavily leans towards tomatoes, peppers, and herbs.
Happy gardening and eating to all. Visit your local farmer's market! And if you have ideas for market-fresh produce, please pass them along. I love to try new things and love to hear what everyone else is doing.