Needless to say, the watermelons were a bit hit. I mean seriously. Is it the 4th of July without a watermelon? But that wasn't all that our great market offered. Available at this week's Brazos Valley Farmers' Market were:
Veggies: banana peppers, cayenne peppers, green peppers, tomatoes, yellow squash, winter squash, zucchini, onions, potatoes, purple hull peas, carrots, tomatillos, beets, eggplant, green beans, cucumber, herbsFruits: cantaloupe, apples, peaches, watermelonBaked Goods: yeast breads, sweet breads, pastries, dog treatsCanned Goods: jams, jellies, salsas, pickles, beetsOther Foods: honey, eggs, locally-roasted peanuts, cornmeal, grits, whole wheat flour, olive oilCrafts: jewelry, liquid and bar soaps, aprons, pot holdersPlants: a huge variety of decorative potted plants
With a harvest in my own back yard of lambs-quarter, collard greens, swiss chard, tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, sage, and one final onion; plus a bag of red potatoes from a previous market; plus lots of rice, whole wheat flour, and home-canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, soups, corn, and beans (all items local), I only needed a few things at the market. But when did that stop me? Besides, I'm expecting my Mom and Step-dad to visit this week and we'll need lots of good food, right?
So at this week's market, I picked up (aka bought, bartered for, or received as gifts) a large watermelon, about half a dozen tomatoes, carrots, peaches, apples, a dozen eggs, green beans, purple hull peas, yellow squash, lemon poppy seed muffins and an apple turnover. Mmm. We're going to eat good this week!
Look. Eating local is anything but boring. It's about fresh food, good friends (like Statue of Liberty Lois), a healthy community, and being in touch with the Earth and her seasons. So get on out there, check out your local farmers' market, and discover the wonderful world of local food.
Hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Happy (and mindful) eating!