Knowing that this weekend is ComFest, and the Pride parade, and that there’s a gaming convention going on as well, our goal this morning was to get to the North Market as early as possible, and get done as quickly as possible so we could avoid the crowds – our main priorities were to get our weekly dose of shiitakes from Toby Run, plus some more of that wonderful 13-lettuce mix from Bridgman Farms. That, and it looked like it was going to rain (they’re calling for a 30% chance of storms today, raising up to 40% after noon) However, while there, I got distracted by these lovely red currants, which I picked up from Comb’s Herbs to make into a small batch of jelly which I’ll use in a couple of days to make a red currant-mustard glaze for a lamb shoulder…
As we pulled up to park, though, we noted that it’s getting to that time of year where there’s much more variety – I spied lots of broccoli today, and also the first pickling cucumbers of the year at Wish Well Farms.
We also got the lettuce mix we were looking for, along with some Napa cabbage from Just This Farm, and some cheese and baked goods inside. Still, we managed to get out of the North Market well before 8:30.
Worthington got an early start this morning – everyone was already up and running when I got there around 8:40ish, and it was aleady crowded, with especially long lines at Wegman’s and Wish Well.
At Worthington, there were cherries as far as the eye could see, most of them at Gillogly Orchard (any guesses to where my first stop was?) In addition to some sweet cherries (I got sours and Raniers at Pop and Judy’s), I also stocked up on tayberries, black raspberries, red raspberries, and blueberries, all of which will taste absolutely wonderful on the lemon quark I got at Blue Jacket Cheese (if you haven’t picked any of this up yet, you have no idea what you’re missing out on!)
Wegman’s had the last of the good looking strawberries of the season (this is the last week, folks – the ones at Wish Well were looking *rough*), so I picked up a quart to mix with my other berries.
I got a bunch of other stuff here and there – ribeyes and ground beef (for grilling) at OMC Farms, some kohlrabi from Pop and Judy’s, fry pies at Two Crows, so much more stuff that has absolutely slipped my mind – but I was just floored at how much difference just a week makes in variety and availability of fresh Ohio produce.
We made it to Clintonville around 9:15, and after picking up my eggs from 2Silos, I snapped a pic of a sunflower (at least I think it’s a sunflower – or is it a Black Eyed Susan? Beats me, botany’s not my area of expertise) along the way, and was so surpised at how well the pic came out. Funny how you can take dozens of pictures, and every once in a while you get a good one.
I was so happy to see that Arbor Hill Organics was back for the year, because I absolutely love these Red Thumb Potatoes which are pink inside.
This display of veggies that I saw over at Flying J is represtative of what else was available at the market today. Who knew there was such a thing as purple kohlrabi? I ended up getting some yellow squash and beets across the way, and cauliflower from Flying J.
I went overboard this week at the markets, but I have a lot of cooking planned for this week, including an all local cooking day. Stay tuned. So what did *you* get at your local farmer’s market this week?