A Farmer’s Market Haul
We stopped by the Painesville Farmer’s Market Thursday evening to see what’s in season. The great thing about this market is that all produce and items must be grown or made locally. Some local markets allow food from the produce docks in Cleveland, which come in from all over the country and world. I don’t have a problem with that – some things we can’t grow here or we want out of our season – but this time of year it is so great to be able to support local growers. This is a small market, just one long city block long, but big on variety. You can also get pies, cakes, fudge, bread, honey, candles and flowers.
So here’s some of what we did with our “haul”, which we added to from another daily farmstand.
Made salsa in the crockpot with tomatoes purchased at another market, plus onions and jalapenos. This was a smooth salsa as opposed to a chunky fresh salsa. Once the veggies cooked down, we used the immersion blender to smooth it out. It turned out great! Ate 1 cup and froze 8 cups for later.
Made stuffed peppers with the Hungarian hot wax peppers. They were not too hot but the hot Italian sausage we used in the stuffing was! Cooked half in Newman’s Own Fire Roasted Spaghetti sauce topped with parmesan and mozarella cheese and froze half for another day.
The carrots came from the Hispanic Growers of Lake County booth. Plan on roasting those with potatoes.
Also purchased a zucchini and made a Lemon Zucchini bread. In my opinion, that’s the best way to eat zucchin!
The green beans – cook 4 slices of bacon in a skillet. Take the bacon out, add 1/2 cup water and the green beans, steam green beans 10 – 12 minutes or until crisp tender. While they are cooking, brown some mushrooms in olive oil and garlic. After they are nicely browned, add 1/2 cup sweet vermouth or white wine, cook down slightly. Drain the green beans, put them back in the pan and pour the mushrooms and sauce over them. Toast a handful of almonds in a skillet sprinkled with garlic powder and salt. Crumble the bacon and mix in. Top with almonds. Yum Yum! My new favorite green bean dish.
We also purchased a lovely bunch of basil from a little boy who seriously explained to us that while they were marked $2, he would only take $1 since it was the last hour of the market. Tried to give him $2 but he wasn’t having it!
In the past from this market, I purchased a peach/blueberry pie from the pieman, but we thought his crust was tough. Also purchased some mini cakes, lemon and chocolate, which were delicious. If I had a bigger freezer I’d be purchasing more!
So do you have a great Farmer’s Market you frequent? I hope to post some photos of some others in our area and would love to hear about yours!