Thursday, May 27, 2010
We did bring home more than just tomatoes - we got chicken, baby bok choy, cucumbers (another amazing sight this early in the season!), duck eggs (which I've never tried before - so I'm definitely looking forward to seeing how they are!), and Brookford Farm yogurt.
Then when we got home, we harvested another big bowl of kale from the garden - so tonight's dinner will be a stir fry of kale, bok choy, onion, garlic, and chicken - with a cucumber salad on the side. I'm hungry already!!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
As for the rest of the garden, we have lettuce growing bigger every day (we've been harvesting the outer leaves of the lettuce plants for salads, and leaving the inner leaves to grow larger) -The peas are growing taller (though I wonder how the very hot weather predicted for the next 2 days is going to affect them)...And the garlic is the happiest garlic I've seen this early in the season -
Sunday, May 9, 2010
It was definitely a fun day - I'm looking forward to next year's festival already!
Friday, May 7, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Saturday, May 1, 2010
Several people stopped us as we walked around the market to give us parsnip cooking hints (you have to love how friendly folks are at the markets - I can't remember the last time someone stopped me in the grocery store to talk all excitedly about what was in my cart!!). Anyway, some folks said parsnips are best when roasted as part of a "meat and potatoes" dish - others said boiled and mashed is the way to go - and someone else mentioned parsnip "fries."
We decided to go with oven-baked fries, and followed this recipe from the Green Earth Institute website:
Cut parsnips into French fry shape. Toss with olive oil and sea salt. Spread on cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees F. for 40 minutes or until crispy outside and tender inside.
The verdict? Parsnips might not be my favorite veggie find ever - but they're pretty tasty! An excellent kick-off to farmers' market season - and I'm already looking forward to seeing what "new" food I can bring home next week!
Speaking of next week, the Exeter farmers' market opens this coming Thursday (May 6) - check out Seacoast Eat Local for farmers' market schedules and more opening dates!