Today was the first time I went to the farmer’s market in three weeks. Last weekend I was on my way home from Florida, and the weekend before that, I knew I was going to Florida, so I didn’t want to buy anything because Paul won’t cook if I’m not around.
But oh, what a beautiful day to do some marketing. It was in the 50’s this morning, the first time I can remember it being a bit chilly, which in my opinions is a good thing. There were so many days this summer that it was unbearably hot, this early chill is most welcome right now. Plus, who wants to buy apple cider when it’s still hot out?
Unfortunately, my car didn’t quite agree with my enthusiasm, and out of necessity, I got a late start because the first order of business was getting a leak in my tire plugged. Back in action and with all morning to kill, we stopped first at the North Market. Oh, my beloved North Market. Florida has a lot of things going for it, but no North Market. I got a ton of produce staples that I was out of – onions, potatoes, tomatoes, etc. along with some lovely romaine lettuce, eggplant, some apples for making applesauce (Bill says a mix of several different kinds works best, and he mixed me up a killer bag that I can’t wait to cook down), more Yellow Delicious for baking, apple cider, shiitake mushrooms (oh, only two more weeks to go. I’m half tempted to get a couple of pounds the last week and dehydrate them to get me through the winter), peppers, some sweet corn for putting up, and a few other things (I can’t remember it all). I have an empty fridge to contend with, so today was a big trip.
Not sure who had these tomatoes, but I noticed that the price for tomatoes has come down considerably now that we’re at the end of the season. I held out for heirlooms, and ended up getting a nice selection (3 over at Worthington, a quart at the farmer’s market at Whole Foods). I’ve already got plans for all of them.
And almost everywhere I went today had peppers of all kinds – here’s what I found at the North Market:
I ended up getting a few poblanos here (4/$1) (along with 10/$1!! for poblanos!!) and at Worthington. In Clintonville, I got enough hungarian red peppers to make my own paprika using a my dehydrator and a mortar and pestle.
But back to the North Market. NMPG had cassoulet today, a sure sign that cold weather is right around the corner.
After leaving the North Market, we headed to Clintonville. Now that we’re later in the season, there seems to be a lot more going on there. Since I hadn’t seen Denise from 2Silos for quite a few weeks, I loaded up on eggs – 6 dozen. And I noticed the first pumpkins of the year. Between the apple cider, the pumpkins, and the chilly weather, I got hit with the fact that it’s just about time to retire the shorts and sandals, because fall is here!
I couldn’t help myself – I broke down and bought a quart of fingerling potatoes over at Arbor Hill to go with the ribeye steak I had got at Oink Moo Cluck right next to them.
I was going to bypass Worthington altogether because it was getting late (11ish or later) already, but since we were driving up High St. anyway, I had my husband drop me off at the corner and I at least hit one side of the street. I’m glad I did, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get all those poblanos and the shallots I needed, along with the heirlooms.
And I definitely wanted to hit the Buckeye Bounty Market at Whole Foods – I’ve gone to every one so far, and some days I’m pleasantly surprised, some I’m slightly disappointed; this was one of the days where I was happy I went.
I got more heirloom potatoes and garlic, and a bunch of onions. And I got a bunch of pears for baking.
And at the same stand, they had these beautiful grapes. I passed them up, but aren’t they pretty?
So with coffers full, I have a long week of cooking ahead of me. Keep reading to see what I end up making.