Local at the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market this week were:
Veggies: carrots, onions, potatoes, cucumbers, green beans, tomatoes, corn, purple hull peas, garlic, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, squash, beets, tomatillos...Fruits: apples, cantaloupe, watermelon, dried apples...Canned Goods: jams, jellies, relishes, salsas, pickles, canned okra, chow chow...Other Foods: honey, eggs, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, herbs, locally roasted coffee, locally roaster peanuts...Baked Goods: yeast breads, sweet breads, pounds cake, pies, pastries, croutons, bagel bites, puppy cookies...Crafts: jewelry, soaps, aprons, dolls, journals, wallets, puzzles, pot holders, candles, paintings...Plants: decorative plants and flowersAnd I know I'm missing a ton of items as I was so busy visiting with customers I didn't get around to see it all!
Now, of course, I had to behave myself when I did my personal shopping. I'm harvesting tomatoes, a few onions, a few green beans, basil, sage, lambs-quarter, cucumber, lettuce, chard, and collard greens out of my backyard garden. Plus, I have plenty of rice, eggs, carrots, potatoes, home-canned corn, home-canned tomatoes and tomato sauce, home-canned soups, and home-canned beans in the fridge, freezer, and pantry (all of it is local).
Most of what I need these days, since I'm not producing any of my own (quite yet anyway), is fruit (and man, do I love fruit!). I picked up 2 cantaloupe, a large bag-full of apples, 3 tomatoes, a bag of green beans, a canister of whole wheat flour, and 5 bars of soap to restock our supplies. If nothing else, we'll be clean, right?
I need to eat lots of my backyard greens this week since most of them have bolted and I need to pull them up to plant more green beans, so expect lots of greenery in this week's market to table post. No matter what it is, you can bet it'll be delicious. That's the true magic of local food - it just tastes better and who am I to deny my taste buds?
Hope you're finding lots of local goodies in your neck of the woods. Have a great week, everyone. And, as always, Happy (and mindful) eating!