Sunday, May 17, 2009

Farmer's Market - Week 1 of 2009

WHEEEEE!

Look at what I found today:



Spinach, green onions, radishes, asparagus, rhubarb, pork breakfast sausage and wild rice brats. For planting in the garden: basil, thyme, zucchini, and tomatoes - sweet 100's, yellow pear, red grape, and a small orange variety.

I have to tell you, I have never cooked rhubarb before. I'm not even sure I like rhubarb but I thought I should give it a try. Any recommendations for recipes? My husband and daughter are not really into the hot fruit dessert thing (I know, why not?) so I'm thinking muffins or a cake. Another idea I have is chutney.

Sunday mornings are calm at the market. It was cool at 44 degrees and quiet. There are going to be a couple of new vendors this year. One will sell ice cream (!), milk and butter, the other some cheeses and tilapia. I am thrilled to be in farmer's market season.

As an aside, I know I have been a very delinquent blogger lately. Posting, commenting and responding to emails are all taking a back seat to end of the school year activities, dress rehearsals and performances, recitals, picnics and the like. I'll be around more soon.

26 comments:

Betty and Boo's Mommy said...

I love farmers market season, too!

Les said...

Wheeeee, is right! I can't wait to visit our Farmer's Market. The past few weekends I've been to busy, but hopeful I'll have time in a couple of weeks. I love getting fresh produce!

Check out Nan's blog (Letters From a Hill Farm) for rhubarb recipes. I think she has quite a few that might appeal to you and your family.

No worries about your lack of blogging. I think everyone is very busy these days. It's kind of nice to have a little break from reading and posting.

bermudaonion said...

I've never cooked rhubarb either, so I don't have any suggestions. That spinach looks fantastic!

JoAnn said...

I can't wait to get to our farmer's market...hopefully next week!! I see Les mentioned Nan's blog. She's been cooking with rhubard all week, but I never have.

Don't worry about blogging - this is such a busy time of year. Enjoy all those year end activities! We're not going anywhere...

Ti said...

Was today the first Farmer's Market of the season for you? I haven't seen one of these posts in a long time and I missed them!

I love rhubarb but have never cooked it.

Carrie K said...

It's the summertime and computer time gets put on the back burner. Don't feel bad about it!

I tend to steam everything and then dress it up with a topping. Rhubarb would probably get my cranberry or raisin dressing.

zetor said...

How delicious! I love Rhubarb crumble myself with custard or cream, gorgeous.

Lezlie said...

Yay! I love these posts! They always make me want to go cook something healthy. Today I made a whole wheat pasta and fresh spinich salad with gorgonzola crumbles and sun-dried tomatoes. Now I have to try not to eat the whole bowl in one sitting. :-)

Lezlie

Staci said...

I see Les beat me to the punch with Nan's blog. She's got quite a few recipes for rhubarb on there. Your picture is great...I love spring!!

Ali said...

Excited for your Farmer's Market posts starting up again! My tip on the rhubarb if you make cake or muffins (yum!) is to chop it really small. The texture of big chunks of rhubarb can be, er, off-putting.

Chris said...

Rhubarb was pretty plentiful when I was a kid. My Mom made pies and jam. I hear it makes a nice crisp too. It needs lots of sugar to make it edible.

Nan said...

If you go to my blog and look under fruit desserts under recipes on the sidebar, I've got a few rhubarb recipes, Tara! Our first market is this Sat. - I'm so excited.

Tara said...

B&B's Mommy, yeah!!

Les, I'm definitely going to check out Nan's rhubarb recipes - they are popular!

bermudaonion, doesn't the spinach look good! I can't wait to eat it!

JoAnn, I wonder what you'll find at your market! And thanks...I just am feeling unfriendly.

Ti, I think the market has officially been going for a few weeks, but the veggies have just arrived - it was just plants and the meat/bread vendors before this.

Carrie K, thanks - this does seem to happen in the warmer weather. Tell me about your cranberry dressing, please!

Zetor, that sounds amazing! But I would be the only one who ate it..

Lezlie, me too, me too!! Oh my, your pasta dish sounds fantastic, I would love to eat that!

Staci, Nan seems to be the rhubarb queen! If I were more computer savvy I'd make her some sort of button for it.

Ali, so am I! Awesome tip for the rhubarb - thanks - I will definitely do that.

Chris, that's what I hear, about the sugar!

Nan, I'm coming over! Let us know what you find at the market!

booklineandsinker said...

what the heck is a rice brat? i couldn't find it in the picture. is it some type of grain? maybe we don't grow those here in jersey! love the photo...almost makes me want to plant a garden.

Maw Books said...

I love your farmers market photos. Can't wait for ours to start up!

Bybee said...

*sighs happily*

Nan said...

So, Miss Tara, here is an apostrophe question. Is it:
farmer's market
farmers' market
farmers market

I see it all ways. It seems to me the middle one is right because it is a lot of different farmers, but the apostrophe is a fluid little critter these days, showing up where it isn't needed and never appearing where it should. :<)

Tara said...

booklineandsinker, oh my goodness you have me laughing out loud!! Ok - a brat is a bratwurst, I think it's a midwestern thing and it is a pork sausage that you eat on a bun! And you can buy them all sorts of ways, regular, smoked, with cheese, with chilis, and with wild rice which is native to Minnesota so it is common in these parts. Too funny!

Maw Books, thank you!

Bybee, you're sweet!

Nan, Good question. I was wondering the same thing when I was writing this post. The website for our market states Farmers' Market, not that that is a guarantee of being right but I do think that YOU are correct.

Andi said...

De-licious! I was so envious of your farmers market finds last year. I'm happy to be living in an area now where I can find farmers market goodies too! Yay!

Cath said...

Most popular in the UK would probably be rhubarb crumble. Our rhubarb crop started to come in a couple of weeks ago and I've already cooked two. Not sure if Nan has a recipe for that, if not and you want it, just shout.

Tara said...

Andi, we are lucky to have such a great market here! I hope you'll share your own finds!

Cath, that sounds amazing! Too bad my family wouldn't eat it. Nuts!

J.Danger said...

YES! I have missed these posts so much!

melanie said...

No worries- everything is ramping up before summer break. I feel like I've missed the whole month of May somehow. Rhubarb is a favorite from grandma's house - she made rhubarb/strawberry pie & jam. Let us know what you do with it :)

Melanie said...

I usually just cook rhubarb down into a sauce (with lots of sugar) and have it with ice cream, but it sounds like your family wouldn't go for that. My mom always makes jam - very good. It's good in a coffee cake too, but as Ali says, chop it small. Yay for the return of the farmers' market!

Tara said...

J.Danger - me too!

melanie, that is so true! May is nutty around here. It turns out I am not so sure about rhubarb..

Melanie, thanks for the good rhubarb ideas!

sfgirlblog said...

Care2 is hosting a farmer's market contest this summer called "Love Your Farmers Market". It's nationwide, and they are giving away $5,000 to the market with the most votes. It's a great way to show support for your market!

http://www.care2.com/farmersmarket