I’m anxiously waiting for spring/summer and the bounty to come at the farmer’s markets! Summer (extended) hours start for most of the local markets this week — even more reason to jump out of bed on a Saturday morning, right? 🙂 In addition, this year I am officially a CSA member, and super excited for what’s to come in my box every week.
Here’s a peek at some of the local stuff I enjoyed last year:
Soy “sausage” patties (not recommended!) + green and purple heirloom local beans — flash sauteed, but also so good purely raw. The great thing about good, fresh produce is that it’s often best eaten raw or minimally cooked. I think I crunched on half the bag while cooking the few that ended up on my plate…
Whole wheat pasta salad, with fresh basil, parsley, tomatoes, chopped kalamata olives and feta. Packed well for school lunches.
I also discovered proper heirloom tomatoes. Oh goodness. I made sure to try at least one new variety of tomato each time I went out — perfect sliced raw, with a pinch of salt and some fresh ground black pepper on top. Here we have the gorgeously striped Red Zebra tomatoes, served with hot buttered toast and a crispy-fried free range egg. One of my favorite and oft-repeated simple summer dinners.
Ending with some dessert to top it off — coffee ice cream from Maple View Farm. I have to head back to pick up a pint of their Carolina Crunch, soon…
What are you looking forward to this summer? 🙂