Here is some of what we picked up.
Strawberries are in season right now. We picked up 2 pints. I had envisioned making ice cream. Alas, they are gone. No, I did not make ice cream. We ate them before I had the chance to do anything fancy with them. Maybe, next week.
The leeks looked good so I picked up a bunch. Not sure what I'm going to do with them yet. This is the first week I've seen them at the market. The excellent thing about shopping at a farmers market is the opportunity to eat seasonally. I'm all for eating seasonally. I buy whatever is at the market that looks good to me then figure out what I'm going to make out of it when I get home.
It always surprises me that others don't do this. I really don't know any other way. I think it is because for most of our marriage we have cultivated a large garden so I learned to cook whatever was ripe at the time or whatever I had canned up the season before. It's a different mindset from picking a recipe then buying the ingredients. It entails having the ingredients then picking the recipe.
I bought 1 cartoon of red tomatoes and 1 cartoon of green. I've become seriously addicted to fried green tomatoes. I used 3 of the red ones in last night's pasta dinner. We had what I like to call bruschetta pasta. I make bruschetta topping, add cubes of mozzarella, a vinaigrette of fresh lemon juice and olive oil, and toss the whole thing with homemade fettuccine. Yum! I can't wait for my leftovers for lunch.
We bought a bunch of beets. JR and I are big fans of roasted beets. The first year we had a garden we planted a 20 foot row of beets. All on the same day. Big mistake. While we ate the little ones as we thinned the row the rest all ripen at the same time. We must have eaten beets every day for a month and canned up enough for 2 years. The next year we didn't plant any beets. We just couldn't face another plate of beets, in any form. Lesson learned. Stagger your plantings.
Every week or so I pick up a couple of dozen eggs. Eggs are an excellent source of protein. Plus, as a vegetarian 1 or 2 of these a week keeps that nasty B12 deficiency away. B12 deficiency is hard on the memory. Since, I eat eggs my only excuse for forgetfulness is menopause. That's my story and I'm sticking with it.
I never fail to buy portabella mushrooms. At $5 per pound they are about $3 cheaper than the grocery store. I typically stuff them with a variety of veggies and cheese. I just made up a batch of very garlicy hummus yesterday. Maybe, we'll have greek stuffed mushrooms for dinner. I'll grill the mushrooms then stuff them with a bit of hummus, some kalmatta olives, cucumbers, tomatoes and feta cheese. Okay, it is official. I'm hungry now!
It's time in our area to plant tomatoes and herb starts. I bought a purple cherry tomato plant, a lemon thyme, and a flat leaf parsley plant.
And, basil. I can't really live without fresh basil and mine died 2 weeks ago in the Great Houston Freeze of 2011. 2 days of under 30 degrees will kill basil plants. It also makes the denizens of Houston think that the world is going to end.
There is my weekly shopping trip to the market. All I can say is that it is much more fun to shop there than to go to the grocery store. You really can't beat the samples.
PS. I haven't said it recently but it is Monday so try to go meatless today or some day this week. Thanks