Sunday, May 8, 2011

Blown Away at the Farmers Market

Blown away, almost literally, after 4 weeks I finally got back down to the farmer’s market this morning to see what has come into season. The market is packed!

I made my way round with canopies lifting from the gusts of wind.  The first cherries and apricots have made it, although they could use a few more weeks, they are here.  The strawberries smell like perfume and are red and vibrant.  Strawberreis are not hot weather plants, so right now is the perfect time of year for Jams and freezing them for later (3 baskets for $8.00).  I bought some for Mother’s day to dip in sour cream and brown sugar.  Try it sometime it's wonderful.

The asparagus is everywhere.  One of my favorite preperation is stimply to grill it or roast it in the oven, however this week we did a great salad with quinoa, asparagus tips, lemon and crumbled feta.  Fresh and light, plus you get your whole grains.

Greens, broccoli and cauliflower the size of your head are ready and steady at market.  The baby Bok Choy was abundant.

Are you getting the itch to garden?  There are a number of vendors with heirloom plant starts for your garden.  I grabbed lemon cucumbers, a chocolate bell pepper (no hubby, not flavor just color) and tomatoes to add in.

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