The weekend is over, darn it, and I stil have so much to do, inside and outside the home. However, I did get most of my To Do List done…berrying and jam is made, butter is finished, and the garden actually looks like a garden again. More on the garden tomorrow.
Our weekly bounty from the Farmers market:
- 1 sourdough french baguette
- 1 loaf honey whole wheat bread
- 2 half-gallons of reduced-fat milk (I plan on making lots of smoothies this week!)
- 10 Fairytale eggplants from Barber Farm
- 1 quart juicy peaches from Maynard Farm
- 1lb of lamb from Mariaville Angus Farm
- 3 ears of fresh sweet corn from Barber Farm
This week was a lesson in changing our planned menu to using what’s available in season and at the market.
- We planned on getting some trout from the local grocery store dinner Sunday night, but there was none, so we settled for halibut (no, it’s not a good compromise – fresh water fish to ocean fish that lives way more than 100 miles from where we are, but oh well.) We grilled up some of that delicious sweet corn to eat with it, and made a delicious raspberry/blackberry salsa-chutney to go on the fish. Yum!
- 2. We had planned to make another yummy pizza with homemade tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella bought at the market sometime this week, but the cheese lady was not there! I was really disappointed and we walked around trying to find a new meal to replace the pizza. Perusing the market stalls, we came across this!
Are they not the cutest little things ever? These are fairytale eggplant. The vendor handed one over to us and told us to bite in. It was soft, sweet, and very mild, so we bought 10. For dinner tonight, we sauteed these little vegetables with carrots, green and cubanelle peppers I had just pulled out of our garden, onions that were still curing on my garage floor (don’t worry, they were well washed :)) and served it all over brown rice for a very healthy dinner. I’m hoping they are at the farmers market again next week because I think it will be great sauteed with some ginger and garlic in a quasi-Asian recipe!