A Farmer's Market Dinner
We came to the Farmers Market straight from the library. In the middle of the day, the average age of library patrons is about 82 years old. It's the old man's club, where the elderly come to read all the newspapers and sit in the front room and chit chat with their buddies. Occasionally you see a few younger women, in their 60's. I felt positively child-like picking out my books.
To leave the confines of the elder hostel and get to the Farmer's Market is like culture shock. From pastels and beige's, there's a riot of color at the market. The stalls are brimming with local produce. People might think that farming is a thing of the past in MA, but they would be very wrong.
Our market has berries, fresh peaches and nectarines, the very first apples (I got two types), many varieties of corn, herbs, squash, zucchini, eggplant, onions, potatoes, and one the most gorgeous Asian veggies. I always try and get some pea plants from him. I absolutely love those soft pea tendrils stir fried with garlic and a tiny bit of olive oil.
In addition to the veggies and fruits, we have a meat guy that sells grass fed organic beef, a fish guy that sells huge swordfish steaks, bluefish, scallops, shrimp, lobster, crab, and salmon right off the boat that morning. There's the pot pie guy that sells turkey and chicken pot pies in several sizes.
There's the bakery that has all whole grain breads in a variety of types, plus delicious desserts and pies. We have an Italian Ice guy, and an ice cream guy. Pretty much anything you need in produce you can find at this market.
But today was amazing. One of my favorite farms had about 25 different varieties of heirloom tomatoes. You could mix and match because they were all selling by pound. I bought 6 different varieties for tonight's dinner.
When we got home I grilled the burgers in my grill pan while I heated up the water for the butter and sugar corn. Put the corn in, sliced up all the tomatoes, picked a bunch of basil leaves out of the garden, and topped that mixture off with shavings of fresh mozzarella. Instead of adding a lot of thick slices of cheese, I used it much more sparingly to save the calories. A sprinkling of EVOO, a turn of salt and pepper, and we had salad caprise. The corn was perfect, the burgers lean and fresh, the entire dinner right off the farm.
This is the kind of meals I want to prepare nightly for my family. It's of course a lot harder in the winter, but I'm also doing something about that, too. I bought a big bag of peaches that I'm going to blanch, and then put in storage containers in the freezer so we'll have fresh peaches come winter. I've already put away a bunch of blueberries. I tried with raspberries but they got eaten before I had a chance. I don't mind the frozen veggies from Trader Joe's, but the fruit isn't to my taste, and I prefer to have it with no sugar at all.
Farmer's Markets are sprouting up everywhere (pun intended). What is your farmer's market like, and do you go often?
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