Saturday, August 02, 2008

To the Farmers' Market!

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This morning's haul from the farmers' market about three blocks from my house. Some of these items will find their way into a 15-bean soup planned to cook later as it cools down from today's expected high of 103. The rest will probably go into a large salad. Together these will feed me for most of the week, I expect. The jar of chow-chow? I bought that as a sentimental purchase because it reminds me of people I knew in my childhood -- neighbors who canned and made such things. I'm not sure this recipe is anywhere close to what they made, but my memory from being a 10-year-old is a might lapsing when it comes to homemade relish recipes. I seem to remember the chow-chow of my youth being heavy on green tomatoes. We'll see later if the taste of this jar brings back memories.

There are still some things I need to pick up at the store which aren't available at my local farmers' market. After all, it's just a tiny market. Today was a big day with MAYBE 8 trucks set up. What peaches were available were small and wormy. No pie from them. Makes me miss my peach tree at my last abode.

We tend to be heavy on things like squash, cucumbers, cat-faced tomatoes and onions. There are a few bakers who tempt me with homemade rolls, cinnamon rolls, loaves of fresh bread. I can make my own much more cheaply. I might whomp up some nearly kneadless bread today so I can bake it tomorrow. I've posted the recipe before, I believe. At least I posted photos of making it. Home Made Bread
Looks like I'll have to dig up that recipe since I didn't post amounts... what kind of recipe-sharer am I? I'll post if I bake it.


Tracy said...

You know the nice big Conoco on 14th on the south side of town? On Sundays a farmer always sets up a big display with lots of locally grown produce (not just his stuff). I also think his prices are a bit better than our farmer's market too. My favorite thing at the FM is the homemade granola made by the two hippies (I think that's their name, the 2 women in tie-dyed shirts). Alas, it is SO not healthy.

Trixie said...

Oh yes, I know who you mean -- Two Feathers Baking Co. Oh my, their macaroons are TO DIE FOR. Also, there's a little lady who makes the Amish Chocolate Bread with chocolate chips -- really, it's just a big round brownie for $1.10. I have to steer clear or I will fall into the trap every time!

I'll have to stop by the farmer's truck tomorrow if I get a chance.

Kirsten said...

I wish our farmers market had more home-made goods, especially this time of year. It's just too hot to bake in my apartment. My AC can't handle it. Cest la vie. We've got a great selection of produce, so that's good!

Trixie said...

Yeah, I voted against baking. Tonight it was still 102 at 7 p.m. No mowing tonight either. It's reached the point of summer where it's an effort just to drink enough fluids, much less actually EAT anything.

Erudite Hussein Redneck said...

Hey, I fried catfish last night, and Dr. ER made hushpuppies. Very yum.

Please join me in extending best wishes to the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, today, on the occasion of his 47th birthday.

Thank you.


Anonymous said...

If it weren't so dang hot, I'd go to the farmer's market today, but I vowed I wasn't going outside today after several days of being hot, sweaty, and sticky.

It'll just have to wait. :)

Trixie said...

Nothing is worth going out for if staying in the A/C is an option!

Claudious said...

I love a good farmers market, I miss crisp corn, huge tomatoes, and fresh cucumbers.

I'm usually good against baked goods, but oh how I could go for a well made cinnamon bun