Posts tagged ‘Falls Church Farmers Market’

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 4, 2010

A Winning Farmer’s Market

Did you vote for the Falls Church Farmers’ Market in the American Farmland Trust competition to identify America’s favorite farmer’s markets?  I know that we did – although we have an ongoing debate in our house about whether to go to the  Falls Church or Arlington Courthouse Market on Saturday morning.  The kids always always want to go to Falls Church, because there are crepes.  But Courthouse has Westmoreland and the sorbet guy and the cheese guy (the Picky Eater has decided to contribute her two cents to this blog…).

But on Saturday, only the Picky Eater was awake in time to go to the market, and we knew that the Falls Church market had just won, so we decided to go to Falls Church on Saturday.

 

  • So, after we had our crepes, we shopped.

And we got lots and lots of vegetables.

We saw peppers, and tomatos, and pumpkins,

and flowers,

and lots of Virginia grown produce.

And we came home with about$65.oo worth of produce, fruits and vegetables,

and meat,

and bread and cider…

And, 3 days later, what remains in our pantry?

  • All of the sweet potatoes
  • Some arugula
  • A few tomatoes
  • Half a red onion
  • Cilantro
  • Half a loaf of bread
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • The broccoli stems….

It is an amazing and wonderful thing to realize that the green beans were devoured last night – and the Picky Eater kept trying to take green beans from her brothers; the cider was gone yesterday; the sweet bologna and bacon were gone before mid-day Sunday… No time to meal plan — we’ve just been busy consuming all the freshness we brought home.

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