So here's the scoop. At this Saturday's Brazos Valley Farmers' Market, you could find:
Veggies: tomatoes, potatoes, bulb onions, green onion sets, carrots, cucumber, yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, green beans, a variety of hot and sweet peppers, okra, spinach, herbs, purple hull peasFruits: dried apples, watermelon, cantaloupeBaked Goods: yeast breads, sweet breads, bagel bites, cinnamon bites, cakes, rolls, dog cookies, wheat and white egg noodlesCanned Goods: jams, jellies, salsas, pickles, chow-chowOther Foods: cornmeal, wheat flour, eggs, olive oil, locally-roasted coffees, honeyNon-Food Items: jewelry, aprons, pot holders, decorative plants
What a spread! No wonder I came home with a full bag. I picked up a watermelon, honey, pear butter (one my favorites from my childhood), onion sets (to plant in the garden this fall), spinach, red potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, green beans, and basil.
On Sunday, I took the Brazos Locavores out on our monthly field trip (more on this tomorrow) to Dogrun Farms where I picked up some fresh okra, asparagus beans (aka yard long beans), and a cucumber right off the vine (Mmmm).
So plans for all these goodies? Well, with the local rice, home-canned corn, soup, and beans (all from farmers' market and backyard garden), eggs (farmers' market), and lambs-quarter and green peppers in the backyard, I'm planning on feasting on salads this week. But don't worry, I'll let you in on all the goodies in Thursday's Market to Table post, so stay tuned.
I should admit at this point that I haven't been eating a totally local diet lately. I was having serious cereal cravings so I bought ingredients for homemade granola (which at least uses local honey and pecans), then of course the almond milk to go with it. And I've picked up a few pieces of non-local fruit just to supplement the steady supply of watermelon. Eating local is still the way to go, but in an effort to live a middle-way kind of life, I'm trying to have compassion (for myself) in my culinary lapses. The moral of the story is to be mindful of the way we consume, not necessarily perfect.
Ok. Enough confession time. I'm signing off for now. Have a great week, everyone! And, as always, Happy (and mindful) eating!
For all you BCS locals, don't forget you can visit the Brazos Valley Farmers' Market on Wednesday too, now year-round at Village Foods in Bryan from 4-7.