Farmers’ Market Bounty
Once again I recently made my way up to the awesome farmers’ market in Northampton. And this time I was joined by Valerie from Sex, Food, and Rock & Roll. (Go ahead and read that post – Valerie called me cool! Me! Cool – wow, first time for everything I guess.) Valerie and I had a great time ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the gorgeous selection and trying to decide what to buy.
Here’s just some of the goodies I came home with. Aren’t all the colors gorgeous? See that pretty yellow melon in the back? It’s called an Amy melon and it was awesome.
I could eat this melon everyday and the farmer told us that they are easy to grow. I think I’ll be making space for Amy in my garden next year!
Here’s a close up of the tomatoes I brought home – those little guys are black cherry tomatoes and oh, my! So tomato-y and so snackable, all by themselves, like oh, I don’t know – cherries?? But, also quite delicious like this:
I went to the olive bar at my local grocery store and brought home these adorable little marinated mozzarella balls, cut them in half and tossed them with the halved black cherry tomatoes. Instant caprese salad! Yum! Although my husband wondered how we would tell if they were rotten, already being so dark and funky looking. No worries – they were consumed in plenty of time!
I also bought some tomatillos. I had seen this lovely tomatillo sauce recipe on the excellent blog A Thought For Food and Brian made it look so tasty I just had to try it. I made a couple of minor tweaks to Brian’s recipe – shallots instead of garlic and onions, and a jalapeno instead of dried red chili peppers. I served it atop some simple pan-fried chicken and rice pilaf:
What a great, different kick to a simple meal! And, I had some leftovers to freeze to warm up another meal soon.
Oh, how I love the farmers’ market! September is peak time but there’s not much time left at the markets here in New England so enjoy the bounty while you can. I know I will be!