Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: Weekly Local Booty - Farmer's Market and CSA - June 20, 2009

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Weekly Local Booty - Farmer's Market and CSA - June 20, 2009

Brett and I went to market this morning with Mexican food in mind and as usual, the market and our CSA did not disappoint. The only thing I was bummed about was that I missed Chert Hollow Farms' garlic - some of the first full bulbs of the year. I read about the prospects for garlic bulbs of Eric's Chert Hollow blog yesterday and tried to get there early, but alas, I was not early enough - there is always next week. Aside from that little bummer (which isn't really when you think about it, Eric sold out, and that is a sign of folks enjoying the offerings at market) we had quite a successful trip.

A bit of notice to any Columbia readers out there - the first peaches of the season will be available at market on Monday and Wednesday!

And boy is summer upon us in Mid-Missouri. It was hot, humid, and sunny for our trek to market this morning. Whew!

Check out week six of our Danjo Farms quarter CSA veggie share:

Starting from the bottom right: beets with their greens! (we had some rough weather here this week so the greens being intact was a pleasant surprise), spring onions, a cucumber, a zucchini, rashishes, and a really nice looking head of lettuce that is bound for our tummies in just a few minutes as our lunch.

And this week's farmer's market haul.

(I'm sorry I am so bad at taking pictures, I am working on learning how to use my camera.)

Starting from the bottom right: sweet cherries (!!!!!), 3 Anaheim peppers, a zucchini, a yellow summer squash, 2 bunches of cilantro, 2 green bell peppers, 2 bunches of red onions, tomatoes, and chard.

Our counters were so overloaded with produce last year that my space to actually, you know, cook was limited. My Dad and step-mom Stacey gave us some very festive plates, bowls, cups, etc., last year (really awesome hand-me-downs, I love hand-me-downs), included in this set were two large, what I assume to be some sort of serving bowls which are perfect for storing veggies. Now I have counter space again!

This is one of two. The other is on our really big shelf in our kitchen and contains the tomatoes and some of the left over Yukon Gold potatoes from last week's market.

J's Songs of the Day:
"Blood" - Jimmie's Chicken Shack

"When You Sleep" - Cake (I'm in a weird mood today)

'Til next time.


Anonymous said...

Peaches?! That is awesome! Everything looks soooo good...especially those cherries--yum!


Heather @ SGF said...

Mmmm. Cherries. I miss cherries...

veggievixen said...

i love cake (the band)!

farmers are awesome. i get to glean from the local farmer's market for my job and it's AWESOME.

Anonymous said...

Peaches already - you lucky one! Glad you got the ingredients you hoped for - its always nice when the market/season cooperates with a craving. I know what you mean about limited space in the fridge and countertop. But at the same time, isn't that feeling of abundance great?

Eric Reuter said...

Sorry you missed our garlic; I'd be happy to hold some for you next week if you're sure to come by for it. Let me know how many heads you want and we'll tag them for you.

We picked up cherries, blueberries, and peaches at the market on Saturday and have been gorging on fruit. Good stuff.


jessy said...

wahooooo for the glorious local booty! sadface on not making it in time to get the garlic, but hooray for beets with greens attached! mmmmmmmmm! i think your pictures look great - and i love your bowls! i'm a big fan of hand-me-downs, too! not only are they fun & nice surprises - but it's reducing & reusing which rocks so hard! i can't wait to see what awesomeness you two cook up this week, Jennifer! hooray!

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

Courtney - Yep, we went and picked up a half peck yesterday - they are gorgeous! We just have to wait for them to get ripe now.

Heather - Cherries rock really hard, especially sweet cherries that can be eaten as a hand fruit.

Veggie Vixen - They are a lot of fun to listen to.

That really IS awesome!

Living in a Local Zone - I love when you go to market and come home with everything you had hoped to get, it is an awesome feeling.

Oh yes, even with the lack of counter top space last summer, I far preferred a counter full of produce to an empty one!

Eric - That would be so nice of you! Are you sure you don't mind doing that? If you really don't mind, we'd love it if you could hold back 4 heads for us.

Isn't it a wonderful time when the fruit really starts coming on? Now all I'm waiting for is cantaloupe, my very favorite food.

Jessy - I was really stoked about the beet greens. I am not afraid to admit that I LOVE the greens and am only so-so on the beetroot itself. I wonder if you could just grow the beet greens?

So true, so true, not only are they awesome but they reduce waste in landfills and junk piles, and it saves a bit of money too which is always a good thing I suppose. With rare exception, we would always prefer used.

Erin said...

Hooray for summer produce! Everything looks great. I've been eating cherries like a madwoman lately.

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

Erin - I couldn't agree more, summer produce rocks my world. Those sweet cherries were AMAZING. I had hoped to find some at market this week, but they were not to be found. Sigh, at least there are peaches now.

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