I apologize for the delay in getting this posted, I’ve been having a bad week health-wise, and making my farmer’s market rounds yesterday morning really took it out of me, meaning I spent the rest of the day laying down recovering from it (with the exception of prepping peaches for making peach butter).
The weather started out quite lovely, actually. We left the house at 8:30 and got to Worthington a couple minutes before it officially opened. Arbor Hill was already out of pink potatoes, unfortunately. And the temperature starting rising not long after we got there. We usually start our rounds on the west side of High Street, which has precious little in the way of shade, so by the time I got done that side of the street, I was drenched in sweat and darn near ready to collapse. I was feeling so bad that the only thing that got me through that was stopping to sit down a couple of times. But I did manage to get quite a few nice things to cook with this week – some ground chuck and chicken from OMC Farms, sweet corn, eggplant, green peppers and cherry tomatoes from Wishwell Farms. Walked further along High Street, and stopping to sit and admire these pretty flowers:
Not knowing if I’d make it to Toby Run at the North Market, I picked up about 4 oz. of shiitake/oyster mixed mushrooms at Somerset Herbs. Here’s a pic of their log-grown shiitakes (not what I got):
After that, it was shade, blessed shade. And picking up a bunch of other stuff – a big basket of pickling cucumbers for pickle making today, some cabbage for a dish I’m making this week, plus some baby squash and carrots from Golden Beet Farm – love that the centerpiece of their table reflects the name of their farm so well:
The rest of it is a jumble. I know I got bunches of things here and there, it is too much of a blur to remember what I got where, but I do remember picking up a pint of cherries from Gillogly Orchards.
After that, it was off to the farmers market over at Whole Foods, which I was really disappointed with this time around. I was expecting the same vendors as last time, and I know 2Silos was supposed to be there, but no 2Silos, no Buckeye Grove Cheese, and no yummy nummy goats milk fudge and caramel. They did have some beautiful blueberries and cherries at H-W Organics, and I did end up picking up a basket of roma tomatoes and 3 sweet “candy” onions for salsa making.
After a quick trip to the Anderson’s for some local noodles, Ohio Wine, and local chicken, beef, and turkey broth, it was off to the North Market, where I picked up some Dorothy Gatterdam double-yolked eggs (since I didn’t get my 2Silos fix this week), pretzel rolls from Omega, some smoked chicken ravioli from Pastaria, and more Ohio wine from Grapes of Mirth. They had a Food & Wine Festival going on a closed-off Spruce Street, but it looked too crowded, and I was feeling a bit claustrophobic because of the crowds as it is. I did pick up some collards for braising from Wayward Seed Farms, and some onions from I don’t know where.
Finally, I picked up a huge basket of over-ripe peaches (for making peach butter) for $15 before heading home and collapsing in a heap. They said that their entire free-stone crop died this year, and what they had at the market (semi-clingstone) were pretty much it for the year.
Hopefully, I’ll be feeling better by next week. There’s so much at the market now that I am loath even to miss a single week.