Sunday, July 20, 2008
Local Color: Crozet Farmers' Market Highlights
Willa and I greeted our Saturday morning very early yesterday. With the sun, so to speak. So I packed up her stroller and we went for a long walk in my favorite neighborhood in Crozet. With $9 in my wallet, we made a detour and hit the Crozet Farmers' market. And came home with an absolute bounty.
Organic Bright Lights swiss chard - the stalks (which can also substitute for celery) grow in neon colors. $3 per humongous bunch.
Organic plums! A father and his daughter were selling them - 10 for $1. I asked his little girl to pick out winners for me. They are pictured above.
Diminutive organic eggplants. For my favorite recipe. 2 - $1.
Oatmeal-raisin-chocolate chip cookies. 2 - $1.
One big turnip - to try out Poor Man's Shrimp. I sliced it really thin and ate it with cocktail sauce. $1.
Two hefty tomatoes - $2.
*And, for next week, when I have a little more cash . . .
Homemade Cucumber Salsa - The gentleman who sells all organic vegetables out of the back of his truck had me sample it and it will be one of my top purchases next Saturday. $7 for a quart. It tastes green and garlicky and healthy. I think I could polish off a quart in one sitting.
A restocking of Sweet Garlic Dill pickles and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam from Cheryl Beachy's stand.