Fabulous farm fresh food

In today’s blog post, I share pictures of the most recent Grand Island farmers market days and I describe how I have been able to enjoy the food that I’ve gotten from both the  farmers market and the Becker Farms CSA (community supported agriculture).

The Grand Island farmers market continues to grow. It is becoming a fun place to be, as well as a source for good food. On Monday, July 10th, for the first time, musical entertainment was added to the mix.

It was one young man, playing a variety of genres on a guitar. There was also more hot food being sold, including sausage and fresh corn. The weather, however, was not as cooperative, and it rained off and on.

There are fruits and vegetables and baked goods for sale, along with foods that are already prepared, such as garlic pesto, made with garlic scapes from the farmers market.

After I tasted the garlic pesto, I decided to prepare my own. I didn’t have all of the ingredients, however. What I did have were garlic scapes, olive oil, and walnuts. What I was missing was the parmesan cheese. I decided to replace the parmesan cheese with a bit of lemon juice. It changes the flavor a little, giving it a bit of tartness.

Yesterday, I made an omelet, using mostly ingredients that I bought at the farmers market. Those ingredients were: goat milk (from Teacup Farms in Barker, New York), chevre cheese made from goat milk (also from Teacup Farms), microgreens, and brown eggs . I also used parsley and wood sorrel that I gathered from my own garden. People think of wood sorrel as a weed, but it is highly nutritious. It resembles clover but clover has rounded leaves and wood sorrel has heart-shaped leaves and is very high in vitamin C and vitamin A. It has a mildly lemony flavor. 

The goat milk that I mentioned is delicious and is well tolerated, even by people who are lactose intolerant. Teacup Farms pasteurizes both goat and cow’s milk in low temperatures, for safety reasons. They do not homogenize the milk. I did not have any difficulty digesting the goat milk. 

smoothie, made with
strawberries, raspberries,
plain Greek yogurt, and
apple cider.

Another yummy that I made from the beautiful products of local farmers was cold strawberry soup. Ingredients included fresh strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, orange juice concentrate, confectioners sugar, and almond extract. 

My question for you: What sort of taste treats have you prepared, as a result of a visit to a local farmers market?

6 thoughts on “Fabulous farm fresh food”

  1. I don't go to the farmer's market as much as I used to. When I did go I always bought fresh lavender. I'd use this in cookies and even made lavender water (tea).

    We used to belong to a CSA and each month we'd get a lovely box of fresh fruit and vegetables. They also included a list of recipes and descriptions of the produce. It was a great way to try things I've never tried before. #blogboost

  2. I love visiting our famrers market, not just for fresh fruits and vegetables but also to support the local farmers. Your omelette looks delicious and your smoothie is similar to what I make from fresh berries from our market. I have a small garden so I get lots of squash, peppers and eggplant but I love to get corn and watermelon at the farmers market. Love your photos!

  3. We've gone to farmers markets for over 30 years on and off (when I worked in Fayetteville, Arkansas, I was, for part of that time, working in walking distance of one of the first farmers markets in the country). Fortunate you to have strawberries; a lot of our local crop was ruined by rain and it was a short season with expensive, low quality berries for sale. The blueberries are ready now and I hope it's a good season for them – they love rain.

  4. Where do you want to go today?

    Hi Alice,
    Your Grand Island market sounds like it has much more than our local market.
    Sometimes I just go for a coffee and to talk with other people I know in town.
    It is a good place to get a hot breakfast too.(IF you don't mind all the dog walkers.)
    It seems so appropriate that you go to the Grand Island market for a Grand Adventure.
    Blog on!

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