Why I Love The Farmer’s Market
It’s May, and that means farmer’s market season again – yay! The pain of having to get up early on Saturday – in order to get the good stuff before it’s gone – is canceled out by the tasty joys of all the good meals you can make with that good stuff. And the farmer’s market has encouraged me to eat outside my comfort zone. The friendly vendors tell me about vegetables I’ve never tried before and give me cooking suggestions. Last year one of the vendors offered a great cookbook that has been a great help, too – Simply in Season. There’s a Simply in Season website, too.
This past Saturday at the local farmer’s market, I bought Jerusalem artichokes for the first time ever. The vendor gave me a taste of them at the market and I was sold – crispy, crunchy, nutty-flavored. The vendor suggested eating them with a fried egg sandwich, which sounded odd, but turned out to be delicious. They were also great sliced up in a salad along with fresh spring onions, some kind of funky tubular radishes, and some yummy local cheese. Mmmm.
Eat local, if and when you can. It’s good for the earth, and it just tastes so, so much better.