Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Counter Culture

I finally made it to our local farmer's market last week! Our CSA has made trips to the farmer's market not entirely necessary.

There were so many beautiful things to choose from: peaches, heirloom tomatoes, green beans, huge melons, fresh corn, and even a few early acorn squash.



We have a fresh pasta stand as well. Fresh pasta is so superior to dried that it should almost be classified as a different food. If you haven't tried it, you must treat yourself! Someday, I'd love to try making some myself.



The baked goods always look so enticing:



I love the creative goodies that appeal to the children.



The highlight of the whole market was the free grilled corn, donated by all the vendors.



I bought some corn and tried it the next day -- absolutely delicious. In fact, I think I prefer this to boiled corn. If the corn is very fresh, you don't need to soak it overnight. Lay the corn (husk and all) on a hot grill and cook 5 minutes on either side.



The peaches look so amazing. I bought a big box of seconds for $5 and we ate and ate and ate for half the week, including 2 peach pies.



Another thing we tried on the grill this week was grilled eggplant rolls. We grilled slices of eggplant brushed with olive oil and then filled with a feta and mint filling. Very good!



And that resulted in this delicious salad of leftovers for lunch the next day:



I thought I'd put my menu from last week down, just so you can see what we really eat:

Monday: leftover steak that was tough, turned into Chinese Beef over brown rice

Tuesday: this pasta dish of squash, bacon and pasta

Wednesday: lentil soup from the freezer (busy day!)

Thursday: caprese salad, sautéed potatoes, kale chips, and sweet corn

Friday: homemade pizza with sautéed eggplant and sausage (the pig I ordered arrived this week and my freezer is full of sausage, hams, roasts, and bacon!)

School starts on Monday! Life will continue to be busy -- just in a different way! There's still plenty of summer food left. If you haven't visited your local farmer's market, why not give it a try!