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Adventures, Advice and Questions from a group of Mormon women who met in Queens, NY and have now scattered all over the place.
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
I Love the Farmer's Market
I love going to the Farmer's Market. It doesn't matter where it is, Union Square, Santa Monica or New Dehli (wouldn't suggest actually eating any of the fresh food in India there unless you want to bring home a nasty parasite as a souvenir). I just love perusing through the piles of fruits, vegetables, flowers, cheese, fish, homemade jam, and homespun yarn. I love being able to easily trace back where the food came from, when it was picked, who it was packed by (it't not so easy with the food at the grocery store).
It boggles my mind to think about all the varieties of food out there in the world. I didn't even realize on of my most favorite foods existed until I reached adulthood. It makes me wonder what other "favorites" are out there that I just haven't found yet. The Farmers Market is a great place to start the search because it always has different varieties of foods and there are usually samples. I get to try stuff that I never heard of before. It is where I first tasted an asian pear and a donut peach (two of the most delicious fruits in my book).
Whenever I go to the Farmer's market, I never go with a list. I just like to see what looks good and more importantly what looks interesting. The photo is of the food I bought during my last trip to the FM:
One beautiful vine-ripened, summer tomato - Ate it with fresh mozzarella, basil and basalmic vinegar. AMAZING!
One giant artichoke - I had never seen such a huge artichoke. And don't you love that long stem! It makes me want to tie a ribbon around it and present it like a bouquet of flowers.
Two zuchinni's - Grated these up into the breakfast pancake batter for the girls. Love hidden nutrition. My mom was a pro at this.
Two avacados - How much do I love fresh guacamole? Here is my easy recipe: Smash together one avacado, some diced tomato and red onion, one clove of diced garlic. Add lime juice and salt to taste. If you like it a little spicy, add some hot peppers. I know it's not an exact recipe, but you'll have fun experimenting with the amounts.
Three sweet lemons - What is the difference between a regular lemon and a sweet lemon you ask? I didn't know either, but the farmer let me taste one at the market and I was sold. A sweet lemon tastes like lemonade without adding the sugar. It's awesome!
One cherimoya - I had never heard of this fruit before my trip to the FM but apparently it is considered one of the best tasting fruits in the whole world. This is exactly why I love the farmer's market! Who knows when or if I would have ever come upon this fruit if not at the FM. To think I could have missed out tasting one of the most delicious fruits in the world! And it was delicious.
I love going to the Farmer's Market. I always learn something new, whether it comes from speaking with the growers or trying something new. Maybe next time I'll pick up some purple brocolli and try this new recipe. Who knows, it could end up being my favorite vegetable in the world!
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