Instead of hosting my booth at the farmers' market, some of the other volunteers and I handed out fliers about recycling options at the farmers' market at the bi-annual county Household Hazardous Waste Collection event (more here). Then Sunday offered a new Brazos Locavores field trip, this time to a peach orchard just north of Bryan (more on that tomorrow).
Long story short, this weekend was full of friends, family, community, and absolutely amazing food. I did manage to make it to the farmers' market for a few fresh goodies like whole wheat flour, 2 onions, wild grape jelly, and apples.
I managed to keep my purchases modest, but it was more out of necessity than self control. Still packing the fridge and pantry shelves are plenty more of that watermelon, eggs, potatoes, carrots, and green beans (all local) from previous farmers' markets; all the goodies from the backyard garden like tomatoes, lambs-quarter, collard greens, swiss chard, lettuce, cucumber, basil, and sage; brown rice from Alvin, TX; and all my home-canned, all local foods like spaghetti sauce, corn, beans, soup, stewed tomatoes, and a variety of jams. Anybody hungry? There's plenty to share...
Here's a photo of some of what I've harvested out of the backyard this week: lambs-quarter (it was getting out of control and just HAD to be trimmed) and sweet potato leaves (I found out a couple weeks ago they eatable so we're going to give them a shot). With some of the chard I still have in the fridge, I should have some wonderful stir fries this week!
Of course, I couldn't quite get away from the peach orchard without a few peaches, so breakfast is sure to be sweet. And a friend brought by some cucumber, eggplant, tomatoes, a spaghetti squash, and 2 melons. Wow! Talk about bursting at the seams...
So that's what's local on our shelves this week. Be sure to watch for this week's Market to Table post to see what becomes of all these local goodies. Until then, have a great week everyone.
And as always... Happy (and mindful) eating!