With growing season fully underway I have been eating lots of the local goods. Our farmers market is so close that we’re really spoiled and I go every Saturday and Wednesday. Sometimes just for the fun and experience with the boys but mostly to get my veggies.
Beet salad, tomato/cucumber salad and a baked potato (freshly grown potatoes are sooooo tender and flavorful). All the ingredients aside from feta cheese and sour cream are either from a local farmer or my own garden. And here is exactly why I get beets with their greens still attached.
Tons of farmers cut off the greens and sell their beets by the quart box but I always look for the greens because for the same price you get all their salady goodness. Sure, they’re a little thicker than lettuce but I toss them with freshly roasted beets and they soften right up. With some red onions, feta cheese and a homemade vinaigrette it’s basically heaven.
I always forget the different taste of freshly harvested cucumbers. Sure, we all know the difference between grocery store tomatoes and fresh grown tomatoes but cucumbers are the same way. Soooo delicious.
It’s just barely tomato season so when you’re at the market beware of the source of your tomatoes. Many farms that don’t have tomatoes ripe yet will sell you ‘warehouse’ tomatoes or ‘locally grown’ or ‘auction bought’. What’s wrong with locally grown? Normally, nothing but at a farmers market it means they acquired it from a town in the same state but not close by or any guarantee they’re farm grown over warehouse grown.
Farm auction means they were bought from an auction (usually Amish) and though that doesn’t sound bad, the Amish use an absurd overdose of chemicals on their crops. They do this so they can grow HUGE crops year after year and sell them cheaply.
Don’t judge farmers for this because they’re simply trying to compete by ‘having it all’. Pick up something homegrown from their booth instead!
My favorite is when they mention when the crops were harvested! Remember, when you buy homegrown it means that you’re buying exactly what is in season at that moment and you’re buying it from the very person who grew it.
Anyway, more on to food.
Sometimes for lunch I want simplicity. A green smoothie, some cucumber, tomato, fresh baby potatoes (with hot sauce) and some sharp cheddar cheese.
Dinner I don’t mind putting in more effort.
Fresh salad from my garden and market veggies in pita bread and yellow rice with cilantro on top. I also made chicken for everyone else but it’s a big aversion for me right now so I skipped it.
Today I have a headache (third day of headaches this week, blerg) and wanted a big punch of nutrients so I went out and picked kale and lots of herbs from the garden and made some green juice. Or rather, purple since I also added a beet.
Aside from greens and herbs I added a half a cucumber, a green apple, some pineapple and like I mentioned, a small, raw, beet. Avery stole some of it but I tried to make sure I got a good twenty ounces despite him.
I’ve also been eating a lot of cabbage. I haven’t photographed any of those meals for some reason but cabbage is in high season right now and there are so many gorgeous heads of it at the market that I simply can’t resist. I think I better make some sauerkraut at this point! I’ve only done salads at this point but that’s no problem at all for me. I’ve always loved raw cabbage.
I will remind you, my diet is imperfect. I’ve had more ice cream this week than I have in a long time. Maybe that’s a part of why my head is killing me! Every day I do try and get the highest amount of veggies possible. Some days it’s hard, like earlier this week we had a playdate and the hostess graciously provided lunch but there weren’t any veggies involved and by dinner I felt awful! It’s helpful to be able to guzzle down a green smoothie but it’s no replacement for veggies at every meal. Well, every meal except breakfast because I just make an egg burrito usually.
I hope you all have been taking advantage of the season and getting lots of good fresh foods too and enjoying this lovely weather.