Those of you who were there know what a wonderful harvest it was. For those of you who couldn't make it, let me entice you to come visit us soon: available at this week's market were red potatoes, white potatoes, red onions, yellow onions, green onions, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, a variety of greens, tomatoes, turnips, beets, locally roasted peanuts, honey, eggs, decorative plants, and veggie garden plants (tomatoes, peppers, herbs, etc), jams and jellies, canned veggies, pickles, a variety of salsas, yeast breads, sweet breads, corn bread, cookies, olive oil, locally roasted coffee, crafts (dolls, candles, puzzles, knit scarves and hats, aprons, change purses, journals, pot holders, miniature easter baskets, birdhouses), and much more.
Just like last week, with so many goodies (some broccoli, cabbage, onions and LOTS of herbs) coming out of my personal garden, I didn't need much. This week, I picked up a dozen eggs, a head of broccoli, lots of carrots and red potatoes, a small loaf of bread, mint, 6 tomato plants (celebrity), a case of olive oil (not pictured), and 2 strawberry candles. The candles, I bought for mother's day gifts, but they smell SOOOOO good, I'm going to buy one for myself next week, and they are soy candles so they are good for the environment too!
Then on Sunday, Dave and I drove out to Kings Orchard (a pick-your-own berry orchard about 45 miles south-east of town) for a picnic and some serious berry picking! It was a little chilly, but otherwise, the day was just gorgeous. So were the berries - row after row of them. Would you believe we came home with 18 pounds of berries? And we didn't even make it down one entire row! I'm looking forward to going back in April, when I have a Brazos Locavores field trip scheduled. At that point, not only will they have berries, but some pick-your-own veggies and flowers.
I spent the rest of Sunday coring, washing, and freezing these beauties, well other than the ones I used to make a batch of strawberry jam. Mmmm, mmmm! Bye bye, winter citrus!
Of course, that's not the extent of my local goodies. I also have about 25 jars of all-local home-canned soups, canned tomatoes, brown rice (RiceSelect), mozzarella cheese (Sand Creek), mushrooms, and peach jam (homemade). Yep! We're going to be eating just fine this week!
Stay tuned for Thursday's "Market to Table" post where you'll discover all the goodies I made from my wonderful supply of local foods.
In the meantime, have a great week. And as always, Happy (and mindful) eating!