Veg*n Cooking and Other Random Musings: Weekly Local Booty - Farmer's Market and CSA - August 1, 2009 and Some Errant Eats

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Weekly Local Booty - Farmer's Market and CSA - August 1, 2009 and Some Errant Eats

The Columbia Farmer's Market runs from 8-12 every Saturday morning. We generally try to get there as early as possible for two people who like to sleep in, usually sometime between 9:30-10:00. Well, I woke up this morning to rain pouring down, only to realize that I had left our only umbrella in my office at work. Drat! So we waited awhile, a bit worried that there wasn't going to be much left at market by the time we got there, but resigning ourselves to the fact that, well, Mother Nature is going to do what she does. The rain let up and we headed to market at 11:00 to find it packed - with both people and produce.

I overheard a conversation at Brett's preferred meat vendor that the rain had driven everyone away and there was a good span of time with few patrons. Once the rain let up, folks ventured back out and it was pretty darn packed when we were there. But needless to say, we were still able to find everything we wanted. Wahoo for that!

I have been a bit lazy in the kitchen these past couple of weeks - cooking yes, but not anything very involved or for our cookbook. That is about to change this week, I've got tons of fresh and tasty ingredients to work with and an arsenal of recipes I've created for the cookbook to try out. I am getting hungry just thinking about it!

Anywho - check out our week 12 DanJo Farms quarter CSA veggie share:

Let's start from the left this week: a zucchini, two cucumbers, 2 tomatoes, some rosemary, some long green beans, a red bell peppers, and a yellow bell pepper.

And this week's farmer's market booty:

Starting from the top left: 4 ears of sweet corn, cilantro, 4 large-ish yellow potatoes, 1 lb. Sho-Me-Farms beef for Brett, squash blossoms, 6 tomatoes, 2 heads of Bogatyr garlic and 1 Georgian Fire garlic from Chert Hollow Farm, 5 fish chiles, 2 gypsy peppers, and 3 Anaheim chiles.

I had mentioned last week that I would take some pictures and do a "some of what we ate this week" post, and I did take pictures, I just never got around to posting it, so here she be.

This was something that was just supposed to be a quick, after work, weeknight meal, but it ended up being so tasty, it is going to be considered for inclusion in the cookbook.

It is black beans, with veggies and seasonings, roasted yellow zucchini, and cotija cheese.

This was my falafel plate which included homemade falafel, local feta cheese (turns out goat cheese doesn't really stuff me up), local tomato, kalamata olives, homemade hummus, local cucumbers, lettuce, pickled peppers from Selina, and a pita.

This was Brett's gyro.

Tomato bruschetta on Uprise Bakery ciabattini. The tomatoes, garlic, and onion were from the market, the basil was from our garden, salt and olive oil from the store.

And finally Brett's garlic and herb Boursin and local veggie sandwich.

Well, I am off to make some bagel sandwiches with local veggies for a quick lunch, and then I will be spending the rest of my day reading novels - one published, one from someone who very soon could be published. That is my idea of a darn fun day.

Have a great weekend everyone!

J's Song of the Day:
"Caravan" - Chet Atkins and Les Paul

'Til next time.


Anonymous said...

I love the farmers market! I am glad you were still able to get everything you needed/wanted :-)

That falafel plate looks A-mazing! Yum, yum, yum!

Enjoy your day of reading--sounds like the perfect way to spend a Saturday!


selina said...

I can't wait to see what goodies you crank out this week. That falafel plate looks really really REALLY tasty. I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

How were the pickled peppers? I have never actually had them. I am afraid of them.

Karen said...

I'll have two falafel plates please. That looks almost too good to eat. Your pictures of your food dishes this week look fantastic. Hugs, Nanny

Anonymous said...

Glad you were able to get everything you wanted from the market! And in a way, its nice to hear how crowded it was - not for you, but because it means that more and more people are coming out to support their local farmers :-)
On to the eats - the falafel makes me want to dive in, as does Brett's gyro - look at all that tomato goodness.

Lisa (Show Me Vegan) said...

your falafel plate looks like it is right out of a restaurant! Have a great Sunday.

jessy said...

sounds like everyone else was waiting for the rain to go away before farmer's market fun as well - i'm glad you guys got everything you wanted despite the crowd! superw00t! noth'n wrong with an easy cooking week - we were at the beach last week and made lots of easy favorites - nothing too intense, it was nice to take a little break and still have some yummies to enjoy. i hope your day of reading was most glorious, and i hope that you and Brett had the most gloriously fun weekend filled with yummies and relaxing (and i hope the bagel 'n veggie sammies were the best!)! oh, and might i add that the teasers (and your falafel platter) look awesome, Jennifer! especially the pinto bean and veggie burger & the black bean tacos with cabbage salad. mmmmmmmmmmmm! hooray for all the local booty - i bet you make some seriously good food this week - keep us posted!

SusanB said...

The falafel plate looks really good.
It was Peach Fest at our market this week. We came home with a 1/2 bushel of amazing juicy peaches . . . and 25# of organic plum tomatoes and 25# of organic round tomatoes. Hello dehydrated tomatoes, fresh salsa, gaspatcho, ratatouille, pasta with fresh tomatoes, and inevitably(I hope) some canning.
And in the garden the late planted tomato starts are now taller than me with lots of little tomatoes.
Anything I'm missing from the tomato fantasy recipe list?

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