No one was complaining though as we REALLY need the rain here. In fact, it rained most of last week and the seeds we planted on Sept 6 had broken ground only 4 days later. You gotta love that rainwater!
Right, so back to the farmers' market. It was in fact, a little nippy too. Yeah, I know. Texas in September and I was cold. Go figure. Regardless, 12 vendors came out to brave the weather and share their harvest with the community. Available at this week's Brazos Valley Farmers' Market were:
Veggies and Fruits: red potatoes, sweet potatoes, purple potatoes, bulb onions, green onion sets, carrots, cucumber, yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, green beans, a variety of hot and sweet peppers, chard, okra, spinach, herbs, purple hull peas, black eyed peas, purslane, patty pan squash, dried apples, cantaloupe, pearsOf course, my take-home haul wasn't nearly as impressive, but between buying, bartering, and gifts from generous vendors, I still came home with quite a spread. I picked up pears, green beans, carrots, eggs, sweet peppers, okra, an onion, herb garlic jelly, salsa, and whole wheat flour. Does anyone see a hearty stir-fry in my future? 'Cause that's exactly where that tasty herb garlic jelly is going... unless I make some of my homemade crackers. Hmmm......Baked Goods: yeast breads, sweet breads, herb breads, cakes, cookies, cheesecake bars, pecan bars, pies, kolaches, croutons, dog treatsCanned Goods: jams, jellies, salsas, pickles, chow-chow, relish, veggiesOther Foods: cornmeal, wheat flour, eggs, honey, jalapeno oilNon-Food Items: pot holders, decorative plants, fruit trees
But just when you think I'm set, there's plenty of goodies coming out of the backyard garden too. Like green peppers, sage, basil, lambs-quarter, and (pictured here) sweet potatoes. Mmmm!
Then there's the 16 quarts of all-local home-canned soups, and the local rice, corn, and pasta sauce in the pantry. Yeah. I'd say eating locally is going to be a breeze this week. Bring it on!
Until next time, Happy (and mindful) Eating!
P.S. Are you challenging yourself to eat more local foods? What's in season in your neck of the woods?