Farmer’s Market Feasting: Week 1

Last Saturday was the opening day of our town’s outdoor Farmer’s Market. I had been looking forward to this for a while, and I did not leave disappointed. Sadly, I am already a week behind sharing my adventures with you, so without further ado-I present Farmer’s Market Feasting: Week 1.

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I brought home cranberry granola, coffee (obviously not grown locally, but roasted locally, organic and fair trade), jalapeno jelly, wild beach plum jam, wild elderberry jam, strawberry-rhubarb-ginger jam, bacon, pork breakfast sausage, ground beef, shortbread and decorated sugar cookies, herby bread, purple basil and a tomato! I know, I’m easily amused.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my treasures, so after a quick stop at the grocery store for a couple things, I went home and got right down to cooking. Well, not so much cooking as slicing and building.

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You are looking at one tasty snack. Herb-seasoned bread, a slice of prosciutto, a slice of tomato, a purple basil leaf, a nugget of fresh mozzarella, and a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil. Sadly, I don’t have a local source for prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, or olive oil, (I would if I were in Italy, but alas!) but the rest of it is Farmer’s Market fresh. Really, I made these as soon as I got home with the goods. They didn’t last long. The ground beef went into hamburgers that The Husband grilled to perfection last Saturday night. The wild elderberry jam is full-flavored, similar to grape but with dark berry undertones. Sounds like I’m talking about a wine, hmm.

I came home today with more marvelous goodies, but you’ll have to wait to see those. CSA pickups started last Tuesday, as well, so the seasonal eating is in full swing! I have so much to share. I’ll see you soon, on down the Road.

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