Archive for October, 2012

October 27, 2012

Getting Ready for Sandy at the Farmer’s Market

As is true for many of us up and down the East Coast, today is focused on preparing for Sandy. And while we have stocked up on batteries and candles, filled the cars up with gas, and will be getting leaves out of the gutters this afternoon, we started our morning with our regular visit to the farmer’s market. It was relatively quiet (I’m wondering if folks were all at the grocery store instead of the market), and so we got to enjoy the bounty that was present once again, and purchased more than enough produce to feed our gang over the next week or so.

After deciding that we wouldn’t purchase any additional meat because of concerns about a power outage — we are well-stocked with meat/protein from our favorite farms already — a stewing hen for broth, flat iron steaks, two different types of spicy sausage, pancetta, ground pork, and wild caught salmon — we focused on the fruits and veggies.

Today I was struck by the colors and shapes that were everywhere at the market, and nowhere to be seen at our local grocery store.

Gorgeous Eggplant Mixture

French Breakfast Radishes

Multicolored Pole Beans

Incredible Orange Beets

The Biggest Heads of Cauliflower I’ve Ever Seen

Romanesco Cauliflower

More of the Most Amazing Chanterelle

And what did we come home with?

Most of Our Market Haul October 27, 2012

As you might be able to see, we found our favorite orange cauliflower and some parsnips….

And a late season watermelon …

An October Watermelon

Now to plan what to make. Since we have a gas range and oven, loss of power usually means lots of cooking for us…and if we are all home on Monday or Tuesday, I might even have time to cook!

Here’s sending wishes for a safe journey through Sandy to all my friends up and down the Eastern seaboard. And good cooking through the storm!

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October 20, 2012

Just Another Saturday

When the morning begins with sunshine and a trip to the Falls Church Farmers’ Market, you can be pretty sure it’s going to be a good day. There were lots of wonderful things at the market today. We still have some summer produce (tomatoes and watermelon were seen today!), but lots of fall produce too.

Our two favorite finds are in the picture below: chanterelle mushrooms and fresh ginger! Must use the ginger and the Napa cabbage in a dish this week.

The chanterelle mushrooms were featured in our breakfast today – with lemon thyme from our garden. They have a wonderful flavor and texture and were quickly consumed! Eggs, cider, and bacon from our dairy delivery (South Mountain Creamery). The avocados, of course, are not. On a side note, when we lived in Bolivia, we had an avocado tree in our front yard. There is nothing like being able to wake up and walk outside and grab an avocado off the tree for breakfast….not something we can do here in Northern Virginia.

And we just had to spend some time in the back yard because it was so darn beautiful out!

 

Now to bring the day to a close with some beautiful singing.  Here’s hoping you had a wonderful Saturday too!

October 15, 2012

Shopping Local-Style

Little time to write. But still some time for shopping at the farmer’s market. Although my schedule has been less than ideal for the past month or so, I have relied on the farmer’s market, our CSA pickup, and the milk, eggs, and meat delivered from our dairy to sustain our family.  No one has gone hungry, and my time at the grocery store has been quite curtailed. I am ready for some sanity to return to my day to day, but am blessed that I can nuture my soul and body while I shop for our daily bread.

Here are some pictures of what we got at the market this week. Although the temperatures can’t quite decide whether to exist in the warm or cool zone, this hasn’t affected produce available at the market. The colors are the rich deep reds and oranges and yellows of fall.

With some deep greens, and the whites of cauliflowers to share in the reds and yellows and oranges, we are ready to start the week.

Now, if I could only get the Man of the House to prep that kale that is sitting in the fridge waiting….

What’s your favorite fall season veggie or fruit?

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