Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A Trip to the Farmer’s Market

My local farmer’s market is open again, as of the first of May, and I honestly could not be more excited.  I planned this morning’s errands around its 9:00 opening time, so I’d get first pick of the offerings.  As usual, there was way too much to choose from.  But today I bought . . .

Some lovely tomatoes.  The best part of home-grown tomatoes is that they look like they have something to say about the tomato life.  They aren’t perfect.  They’re real.  I can’t wait to make some marinara sauce.


This is Golden Girl zucchini, which I’d never seen (or even heard of) before today.  The farmer tells me they’re slightly sweeter than green zucchini, so we’ll have to give them a taste test.  I love that color.  Even if we don’t end up liking the taste, I’d buy them just for decorative purposes.


Baby red onions.  My favorite kind.


And finally . . . blackberries!


Aren’t they gorgeous?


I had planned to make a cobbler with them, but they’re so sweet and juicy that I’ve been eating them out of hand all morning.  I’ll have to go with a mixed berry recipe of some sort.  (Or just continue to eat them.)


I happened to notice yesterday that a half-pint of blackberries cost just under three dollars at the grocery store.  This morning, I bought two heaping pints of organic berries for $7.  If that’s not an incentive to swing by the farmer’s market, I don’t know what is.

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4 Responses to “A Trip to the Farmer’s Market”

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    Eschelle — May 24, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

    Those black berries are epic!!

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    Pam — May 24, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    I know, right? They're huge! (And incredibly sweet and juicy.) Where I grew up, we didn't have blackberries until very late in the summer–so I was really excited to see them at the farmer's market today.

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    Colette — May 26, 2011 @ 3:08 pm

    Oh my gosh those berries look good! Ours aren't in yet here in the Northeast. Soon…

    Pam, I enjoyed meeting you at BlogHerFood. Your site looks great. And you also wrote a novel? Good for you!

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    Pam — May 26, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    Colette, it was great to meet you, too. One of the best parts of living in the south is the early availability of great local produce–and the fact that farmer's markets stay open until December!

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