Farm Fresh and Local Produce 6/19/2010

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

If I’ve been noticeably absent the past couple of weeks, it’s been with good reason – I’ve been in agony. I’ve been having horrible pain in my shoulder for the past two or so weeks now, and I ended up in the emergency room a couple of Fridays ago – they initially thought it was a pulmonary embolism, but thankfully it wasn’t – I try to remember that as I continue dealing with subacromial bursitis, a pinched nerve in my neck, and costochondritis. I’ve mostly been living on pain killers and whatever food I can grab quickly or Paul is kind enough to make for me. What that meant as far as my blogging went is that I didn’t go to the farmers markets on the 12th – I did drag myself out this past weekend, though – I regretted it by the time I got home because my shoulder was as bad as ever.

Still, part of me can’t regret going this weekend – we’re finally starting to get into the time of year where veggies start coming in with ferocity, and it’s super simple to plan your meals around all the fabulous produce you see at the markets.

I saw the first (non-hothouse) squash this week – my own squash in my garden is starting to come in, but not quite there, so I made sure to pick a little bit up to grill with some steaks this week.

Squash

This weekend was also Pride weekend, with the big parade on Saturday. AJ had the most marvelous cookies to commemorate the event. :)

Pride Cookies

I was extremely taken by these Bull’s Blood beets, a variety that is entirely red from root to greens. Aren’t they beautiful?

Bulls Blood Beets

Nice looking shiitakes at the Clintonville Farmers Market this week.

Shiitakes

My backyard blueberries are starting to ripen, and it’s a great year for blueberries. So plump and juicy and sweet. For those of you who don’t have your own bushes, there were blueberries at the market. Be sure to pick some up while you still can, you won’t be sorry. :)

Blueberries

Ditto with garlic scapes – they’re great in stir fry.

Garlic Scapes

Sorry for the abbreviated descriptions. I’m hoping that I’ll feel well enough by Wednesday that I’ll be able to hit the Dublin Farmers Market and give you a full review of what has turned out to be an excellent midweek market.

So what did you get this past weekend? What’s your favorite part of this time of year?

6 Responses to “Farm Fresh and Local Produce 6/19/2010”

  1. Sweet-tater Says:

    I'm so sorry to hear about your shoulder. I hope you're feeling better and can get out and enjoy your summer asap!

    I'm usually not the biggest fan of this time of year, but I decided to leave the safety of my AC and finally plant my first garden! Its given me a whole new appreciation for summer. I cant wait to drag myself out in the heat every day to see a new tiny cucumber or a tomato that has changed a shade closer to ripe.

    I hope when you're feeling better you'll post some pics of your garden. I always like to see other peoples lay outs and what they're growing.

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  4. paula Says:

    Sorry to hear that you're in pain. This is certainly not the time of year you want to be housebound.

    I missed my market the past two Fridays due to other obligations. There are a few smaller produce stands open on Saturday that I may have to check out.

    My favorite part of this time of year is yard saling! I've been finding a lot of cookbooks this year. I scored a vintage Vitamix (with cookbook) for $15.

  5. sslouffman Says:

    I love your Blog! First time commenter here! Besides reading your blog daily (I love your recipes as well as the awesome pics of farmers market produce), I intern for Sugar Inc. Cupcakes and Tea Salon in Dublin, Ohio. We offer 100% organic Cupcakes and 100% fair-trade teas. I tried searching on your site to see if you've visited us before, which I couldn't find anything, maybe I'm just a bad searcher. We would love to have you come in sometime soon and try us out! We would love to hear your opinion on our cupcakes and tea! I can be reached at sslouffman@gmail.com and would love to hear from you!

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