The rain started in about 10AM and had us scrambling for cover. Thankfully quite a few people had brought canvas covers and we were able to find enough shelter. We talked, laughed, and watched Robert do magic tricks with a quarter (he showed me how he was doing it and I STILL couldn't guess which hand the quarter ended up in). There were less customers this week, probably scared away by the weather, but the faithful were back for their weekly
supplies. Me included. I also had a chance to hand out a few more vendor applications (come on, spanish tortillas!), and speak to people about eating a local diet, upcoming farmers market events, and the Brazos Locavores - until it started pouring anyway. But, back to the food!
This week's market featured another wide variety of winter goodness including red potatoes, white potatoes, yellow onions, green onions, purple onions, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrots, collard greens, leaf lettuce, kohlrabi, turnips, eggs, baked goods (yeast breads, corn bread, quick breads, cookies, and cakes), wheat flour, cornmeal, jams and jellies, pickles, canned okra, a variety of salsas, plants, firewood, and crafts (hats, scarves, coasters, mini easter baskets, pot holders, aprons, wooden bird houses, dolls, journals, and art).
Of course, with all that cabbage, onions, and herbs coming out of my home garden, I didn't need much to round out the weekly food supplies. I picked up some carrots, broccoli, and red potatoes; as well as a knitted scarf and hat that I'll give to my Mom on her birthday.
In addition to all the goodies from the market and my personal garden, I still have LOTS of local items stocking my shelves at home: brown rice, mushrooms, eggs, canned tomatoes and soups, jams and jellies, grapefruit, oranges, and mozzarella cheese (Sand Creek). I suppose with all those goodies, I didn't really need to buy anything at the farmers' market, but who can resist?
But again, that's not all. After several trips to Farm Patch only to discover that they were (yet again) out of local strawberries, I finally hit the jackpot. I went ahead and bought 6 containers of berries and froze four of them for the coming weeks (I'm kind of at the end of my citrus tolerance this season). This should last until I have a free day to head up to one of the local orchards to pick some myself. I nibbled on one as I was prepping them for the freezer and they are indeed as good as they look.
Well, it looks like I'm set for another fabulous week of all local foods! Stay tuned for Thursday's "Market to Table" post to discover what I did with all these local goodies. In the meantime, have a great week, everyone.
And as always, Happy (and mindful) eating!