Posts tagged ‘fall colors’

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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November 2, 2010

Fantastic Fall Colors

at the farmer’s market this past weekend, that really put us all in the mood for the brisk turn that the first of November brought to Northern Virginia.

The most amazing colors of the day had to be the “cheddar cauliflower” and the purple bok choy (okay, that’s not really it’s name — I just can’t remember it!).  But the carrots are amazingly orange, and delicious, and the fresh ginger is something I’ve never ever seen before.  And since we use it all the time it’s golden. Speaking of golden – the Bartlett pears that are featured on top of the fruit bowl were all eaten within two hours of being brought into the house.  I am amazed at the rate at which fruit is consumed in our household.

So to add to the abundance of vegetables, fruits, and seasonings in our basket, we also needed additional foundational foods – bread, bologna, ham, eggs, mushrooms …

Each of these beautifully colored and flavored foods will guarantee an amazing week of eating.

So far – here’s where they’ve been featured:

Saturday: Mushroom Omelets, Toasted Bread, Pears; Bologna Sandwiches on Bread

Sunday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – onions, carrots, carrot tops, celery (from CSA), peppers (from last farmer’s market trip); Tomato, Apple, Cilantro salad

Monday: Lentils and Rice were featured, with a crisp garlic/ginger crunchy topping; favorite Sauteed Green Beans (sesame oil is the key); followed by Apple Pie

Tonight we’ll have pasta with the country ham and garlic, served with a wonderful green salad (that will include the mixed greens and arugula we got on Saturday).

Tomorrow it’s the man of the house’s birthday – so all bets are off!

Then, the remainder of the week, we’ll need to prepare the bok choy, and the beautiful cauliflower, maybe make some zucchini bread…I’m not sure yet…but we’ll keep you posted.

Stay warm all, and here’s hoping your eating is as colorful as ours!

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