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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?