Farm Fresh and Local Produce 5/9/09

Wow, I’m such a slacker. I’ve spent so much time doing stuff to write about (cooking, going to events, eating out) and planning to write that I never actually got around *to* writing. Sorry about that, folks. I’ll do my best to get caught up.

I got up bright and early on Saturday morning to go to the farmers markets. We got to the North Market super-duper early, before nearly anyone set up, so we walked around for a few minutes. I was thrilled to death to see Toby Run Growers, as I’ve been craving Jim’s super-fresh shiitake mushrooms all winter. I picked up a pound to use in a batch of paprikash I made this past weekend.

Shiitake Mushrooms from Toby Run

I also decided to pick up one of those praying mantis nests that I saw last week, as so many people have raved about how well they work for natural pest control. This is now residing in a tree in my backyard:

Praying Mantis Nest

I inquired at Wish Well Farms to whether or not they had morels this year like they did last year, and the kind lady informed me that they had them at Worthington, but not there. So, a woman with a mission, I headed out to Worthington immediately, not even waiting for all of the North Market farmers to set up, or taking the time to go inside the market.

Worthington was already a bit crowded when I got there around 8:15 to 8:30. Gillogly Orchards had the prettiest French Breakfast radishes.

Radishes from Gillogly Orchard

And mission accomplished. I got there early enough to get a few morels from Wish Well, for a dish I had been planning to make.

Morel Mushrooms from Wish Well Farms

Additionally, I picked up a basket of hydroponic strawberries, which I ate the same night. Delicious, but can’t wait until this weekend, when I know that the first strawberries of the season will be available.

Hydroponic Strawberries

Another major stop for us was Sassafras Bakery, where I picked up a bunch of baked goods from AJ. I didn’t get this, but the beauty of this meringue pie shows the care that she puts into pretty much everything she makes.

Lemon? Meringue Pie from Sassafras Bakery

I also picked up some rhubarb. I was going to make a savory tart, but think that it’s somehow going to end up as a rhubarb chutney instead. We’ll see.

Rhubarb from Pop & Judy's

We finished the morning by stopping at Banana Bean Cafe for brunch. I got Eggs del Mar and we shared a huge plate of eggplant fries and all left fat and happy.

Eggs del Mar from Banana Bean Cafe

I came home to be greeted by the first bloom of my clematis, which has been promising to open for a couple of weeks now. And to see that bloom, and feel the warmth of the sun, and breathe in that spring air, after a day of farmers marketing? Priceless.

Clematis

Next week should be interesting, as it will be the Race for the Cure. I don’t want a repeat of last year (getting stuck in the perimeter of the race course for like an hour plus), so I’ll probably save the North Market for last if I go at all (I hear the North Market on Race day is a madhouse!). So where did you go and what did you get this past weekend?

4 thoughts on “Farm Fresh and Local Produce 5/9/09

  1. I went to downtown Kansas City to the Peachtree Restaurant in the Power and Light District. Soul Food. Southern cooking at its best! With my daughter and her family. Also went to my grandson's Open House for his Graduation party. Got a wall hanging type of flower arrangement to put in my courtyard and help atttract the hummingbirds.

  2. Went to Banana Bean for the first time on Saturday and also had the eggs del mar..great food, great service! Good recommendation!

  3. Hi, I'm Fernanda and i find your blog whem i was searching on google about shwarma…
    Your blog is adorable, i am also love try new things especial international food!

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