Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: Weekly Local Booty 9/14-9/20/08

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Weekly Local Booty 9/14-9/20/08

We actually got a little booty from the community garden this week. The Better Boy tomatoes are still hanging on, one of them is starting to ripen! The container garden is looking good. We are trying to let most of this "round" of peppers ripen on the plant so we can save the seeds out of them. Things are slow going, but progressing nonetheless.

We got a lot of stuff at the farmer's market this weekend too. An FYI, we are going to be starting to stock up on things for the winter, so the loads might be a little bigger than usual for awhile. That was not the case this week, there was just a lot of goodies available. Our trip to the "regular grocery store" was very small due to the abundance at the market. Wahoo! On a sadder note, I think we've reached the end of tomato season at the farmer's market. Thank someone for sweet potato season!

Onto the local booty!

Here is what we got from the community garden this week:

A couple of Romas and 3 hot banana peppers.

Here is this week's CSA. I think we'll be getting sweet potatoes soon. (!!!!!!!!!!)

From the right: a green bell pepper, 2 small cucumbers, a yellow summer squash, basil, onions, and apples.

And our huge haul from the farmer's market:

Here is the first "group". Starting from the right: a farmer's maker t-shirt (!!!), lots of small onions, 3 cucumbers, a dozen eggs, spinach, a big bag of "supreme red delicious" apples, and some small tomatoes.

And here is "group two". Starting from the bottom left: 2 delicata squash (!!!), another farmer's market t-shirt, 4 ripe serranos, 2 Japanese eggplants, red bell peppers, 2 boxes of local penne pasta, a big bag of mixed lettuces, some grass-fed beef for Brett, and sweet potatoes (!!!).

Support your local farmers market!

A close-up of the delicata squash. They are a gorgeous winter squash.

We've got lots of local goodies to work with.

Tonight, we're having what is becoming a "regular" in our meal rotation, Leng's Fried Rice. We just use whatever we have on hand. I think this one will involve eggplant, peppers, onion, carrots, mushrooms, and edamame. Sounds like a winning combination, especially topped with sriracha. ;-)

'Til next time.


VeggieGirl said...

Great booty.

Oooh, enjoy the fried rice dish tonight!!

DP Nguyen said...

It looks like a wonderful bounty. Fried rice is always so delicious. I like the vegetarian version the best.

ChickPea said...

Ooh! I can't wait to see what you make with that gorgeous delicata squash!

Bobbi said...

Nice haul - and it's almost the end of September, too!

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

Cute shirts, and a nice way to support your Farmers' Market! I'll be sad when ours closes for the season.

selina said...

awesome! love the squash.

how awesome are those t-shirts! i just bought a canvas bag from the co-op. i haven't seen anything like that at the farmer's market, yet.

how are your ristras doing? some of mine got moldy inside. I hung them & cut them open, so i dunno what the problem was.

T said...

I always seem to miss the boat on tomato season. I had every intention of making home-made tomatoe sauce this year, but didn't get around to it. On the other hand, all of of other treats you got look great too! Always impressed by the peppers...

Green Bean said...

Dude! You totally scored at the farmers' market. Plus some community garden Romas? I'd love me some of those.

seitanismymotor said...

That squash indeed looks gorgeous!

jessy said...

hooray for some glorious booty! i hope you get some sweet potatoes soon, too! mmmmmmm! and delicata squash?! sweet batman, i almost forgot about those. HOW COULD I?! they're sooooooo awesome! delicata squashes and chestnuts are some of my absolute fall favorites! mmmmmmmmmmmmm! hooray for the better boy still producing a bit - and your banana peppers are too cute! :D

Jennifer (of Veg*n Cooking) said...

Veggie Girl - Thanks, and we did very much. Got some leftovers (with of course, more sriracha) for lunch today. Wahoo!

Dp Nguyen - Thanks, there was a lot to choose from. We like fried rice a lot around our neck of the woods - vegetarian always, of course. ;-)

Chickpea - Well, I hope you enjoy the recipe that we used the delicata in as much as we did. I'll be posting about it a little later this week.

Bobbi - Thanks. :-( I know, I'm trying not to think about it right now. I'm in "winters coming" denial.

Lisa - We thought so too, and they weren't expensive at all ($5 a piece). I'm going to be sad too. :-(

Selina - We did too, it was our first time having delicata and they are fantastic. Oh my! I really hope there are a few left at the single stand that was selling them on Saturday - we're going to clean them out! Hooray for winter squash.

The t-shirts are really cool. They only had larges and neither Brett or I are large folks, so we're going to have to shrink them.

The ristras are doing fine. Perhaps it is too humid in your home to hang them. A lot of people hang them outside - in fact, ours was on the porch for awhile, but you have to bring it in every time it rains, and with how often it has been raining around here, we just brought it in.

T - Oh no!!!!! I wish I had been able to put up more tomato products. Aside from what we froze we've already gone through the salsa that we were supposed to be saving. It was really good, so the whole "saving" thing went right out the window. Sigh, I guess marinara sauce and salsa will be how I do the tomatoes over winter.

Green Bean - Hahaha, I did, didn't I?

We were pleasantly surprised to find the ripe Romas. We had thought the plant was dead, but it is still trying it's darnedest to produce some more.

Seitan is my Motor - Thanks, it tastes even better than it looks.

Jessy - We got some at the market, and trust me, we plan on getting many, many more. But we are really hoping to get some CSA sweet potatoes. We dropped a hint to Dan on Saturday, asking about his sweet potatoes, and Brett said something along the lines of "we'd be perfectly fine giving up all the diversity in our CSA to have a quarter share of sweet potatoes each week for the rest of the season". Man, I can only hope so.

This was the first time we had ever had delicata squash, they are amazing, so tasty! We, of course, used them in a "non-traditional" fashion, but I hope to get more, I think they would make great "stuffers". Mmmmm, my mind is swirling with ideas.

Hooray for the straggling tomatoes is right. There are still a few more left on the plants and the Better Boy is trying to start a few new little guys, so we'll see.

They are cute AND spicy/tasty, wahoo! We're still not done with spicy pepper season thankfully.

Bianca said...

You know, I'm FINALLY coming to terms with the end of summer and all its juicy tomato goodness. Interesting that it really hit me today...on the equinox.

I'm finally excited about pumpkin and winter squash and sweet potatoes! Yea! said...

So, I do not really suppose this is likely to work.