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.