What I Bought at the Farmer’s Market with $20 in my Pocket

What I Bought at the Farmer’s Market with $20 in my Pocket

It is supposed to be 105 degrees today – and we’re in Indiana-not Arizona, New Mexico or the Australian Outback!  Yikes.

So planned on taking care of my errands first thing this morning and that included the Saturday morning local Farmer’s Market.  I was in such a hurry I forgot to stop at the ATM to gather some cash so I would be prepared.  I dug around my wallet and found $20 and decided to make it work and see what I can buy.

This is what I got for not even $20-I spent only $16! Sweet corn, orange beets, Swiss chard, large cucumbers and small pickling size, tomatoes, yellow zucchini

This is an awful lot of great good- for- you nutritous vegetables!  I have plans for corn chowder, tomato and cucumber salad with tahini dressing and some grilled zucchini!  Look at the bundle of  swiss chard -its HUGE and some of the stalks are as red as rhubarb!   I overheard the farmer telling a patron that he likes to steam his chard with a little butter and salt-I agree!   I like to chop it up and freeze it and use it in soups throughout the fall and winter too.

Earlier this spring I chopped up Tuscan Kale and sauteed it with other veggies in some olive oil, added a little marinara sauce, tossed in some cooked Gnocchi and ate it with lots of parmesan cheese of course!

I made these grilled veggie pizzas last year and I might try it again !  Easy Schmeezy- make your favorite crust or buy some frozen dough and roll out your individual crusts.  Grill for a few minutes on one side-bring back inside and top the grilled side with your sauce, toppings and cheese and throw back on the grill.  This time grill a little longer and make sure you don’t burn it- if things start to flame up turn grill down and maybe place on foil.

I could have spent the entire $20 but they were out of fresh eggs, and I couldn’t find any organic cream and I restrained myself from buying some of the Amish/German Baptist homemade cookies, cinnamon rolls and Angel Food Cake!   See, I can show some restraint. :)  In fact I didnt buy any fruit today-I already have some peaches, blueberries and apricots in the fridge.

I love going to the Farmer’s Markets- it’s loaded with local, mostly organically grown produce and some great buys!  I need to get my butt in gear next February and join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) http://www.localharvest.org/csa/ -have you heard of that?  For a fee, usually due in pre growing season, you support a local farmer and 1-2x a week you can pick up a basket full of locally grown produce, set aside just for you throughout harvest season!  Many of the CSA’s around here can even include grass fed meats too!  What a bargain!  Use the link above to find one near you.

This can be a typical dinner for me during hot days when, I’m not a vegetarian but I sure can fill up on vegetables this time of year

Do you go to your local Farmer’s Markets?  It really is a great bargain, a good way to get nutritious food and a way to support local farmers/businesses.

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  1. I love to visit farmer’s markets but due to our schedule, I find a CSA works so much better and it’s also such a better deal for the farmers.

    • Tammy, thanks for stopping by! You are so right about convenience and I think there might be perks also; I saw a few CSA baskets waiting to be picked up that were filled with items that were either sold out or not for sale at all!
      Definitely going to get in gear and join one in 2013

  2. Sweet deal and nice haul :)

    I host a weekly link party where we celebrate local and organic produce! Come and check it out and add this link. http://inherchucks.com/2012/07/05/whats-in-the-box-33/. Hope to see you there!

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