Farm Fresh and Local Produce 6/6/09

Author: swampkitty05  //  Category: Columbus, Eating Local, Farmer's Market, North Market, Produce

I got a little bit later start than usual this past Saturday, not leaving the house until 7:30ish, and not getting to the North Market until almost 8am. The added benefit of actually showing up on time instead of extra early is that I got to taste some Liege waffles and crepes with salted caramel from the new merchant in the market, Taste of Belgium. Yum.

Mrs. Rhoads had a wide variety of fruit this morning. In addition to some of the last strawberries (I think we’re down to one week, two weeks tops left at this point), she also had some sweet cherries (I believe these are Raniers). I picked up a container to use in a clafoutis or perhaps another dessert this week.

Cherries from Rhoads Farm Market

She also had a type of fruit I was unfamiliar with, which is known by many names: serviceberries, Juneberries, Saskatoon berries. They remind me of red blueberries. You don’t often see them sold by merchants because birds have a taste for them and usually beat the humans to them. I’ve been using these in various things all week, and I’m thinking about making scones with the rest.

Serviceberries (Juneberries) from Rhoads Farm Market

Over to Worthington, where I got a bunch of baby zucchini that I’m planning on grilling up later this week. I love zucchini when it’s young, and tender and delicate.

Baby Zucchini from Wish Well Farms

One of the things I love about going to the markets is that there’s always stuff to nosh on – cookies and pie, bread, and when you’re lucky – fresh produce like these tomatoes and cucumbers.

Cucumber and Tomato Samples

Not sure what I’m going to do with this lavender quite yet, but I’m fairly sure it has to do with infusing it into something.

Lavender

Over at Clintonville, I got a bunch of English shell peas from Elizabeth Telling Farms, which should also end up in a variety of dishes. I spent a couple of hours shelling, and then blanched and froze them for later use.

English Shelling Peas from Elizabeth Telling Farms

Can’t wait until next weekend. Mrs. Rhoads says she’ll have the first of the raspberries. Where did you go this past weekend and what did you get?

6 Responses to “Farm Fresh and Local Produce 6/6/09”

  1. Courtney Says:

    wow beautiful! it all looks wonderful! i keep meaning to take pictures but forget my camera each week!

  2. Jenn Says:

    I was so disappointed that the Rhoads farm was not at Clintonville this weekend! They really do have the best strawberries! I bought some of those peas too and had them for dinner tonight, they were yummy!

  3. mmc Says:

    I went to Clintonville this past weekend. Strawberries, seedless cucumber, spinach, some other green leafy veggie, asparagus, carrots.

  4. countrygirl24 Says:

    I love shelling peas. It's so peaceful. I too blanch and freeze them. With our CSA box coming on Friday, I usually go to the Tuesday market. This week I got two rib eye steaks, flank steak, ground beef, potatoes, cherry tomatoes and green garlic.

  5. Icewolf Says:

    I grew up in Columbus but live in Phoenix Arizona now and our markets are about 3 months off of yours. We first saw the strawberries in March and so I have been gobbling them as much as I can. My own garden has given me an abundance of tomatoes, beans, lettuce, peppers and herbs. Along with the lemon tree and lime tree that are producing their little hearts out right now of which I await their readiness in another month or so. Heat of the summer is about to quash all of our gardening attempts here for about 3 months. Thanks for all the good work you do on this blog. I am amazed at the work you put into this. I shall look forward to eating at new places when I visit home in August :)

  6. Cynthia Nelson Says:

    I always look forward to your produce posts.

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