I was a little premature when I added my Fresh From the Farmer's Market sign over on the right. You can get yours here at A Veggie Venture. I've been eagerly anticipating fresh Minnesota produce for a while now, say, since December. Unfortunately, our late arriving Spring means that the growing season will be shorter. For example, our Peonies that usually bloom by mid-May don't look like they're anywhere near opening. I'm lowering my expectations, but I'm still planting a garden this year. I'll be planting grape, cherry, and yellow pear tomatoes, along with a larger tomato plant a friend gave me, zucchini, basil, thyme, and chives. Yesterday was my first trip to the Saint Paul Farmer's Market in 2008. Here is what I brought home:
The veggies are still pretty sparse. Some farmers only had green onions to sell, or lettuce. There was also rhubarb-which I've never cooked with, radishes and spinach which had already sold out. I was pretty thrilled to get lots of asparagus. I'm going to roast some and make a terrific asparagus pasta dish later this week. I'll be looking forward to peas in the coming weeks.
Want to join me? I'd love to know if you picked up anything at your farmer's market this week. Let me know.