Thursday, August 11, 2011
Farmers' Market Day
The spring here in southwest Ohio was very wet, and that delayed the farm folks from getting a number of their crops in the ground. The last month has been very hot so the crops are making up for lost time. Pictured above was part of today's haul at the local Farmers' Market. On the right is a sweet dumpling squash. There are two golden globe eggplants and one purple and white globe egg plant. Obviously the long, purple veggie is another variety of eggplant. There were some just picked cherry tomatoes to round out the photo. Not pictured were some small zucchini, the first of the local onions and some heirloom tomatoes.
I bought a large amount of the cherry tomatoes and plan on making a large batch of Bloody Mary mix with them. That drink is so much better with freshly made tomato juice than it is with the canned variety.
To make things even better, one of the best local restaurants was there with side dishes prepared with nearly 100% local ingredients (we don't make olive oil in Ohio). Dinner tonight will be all local - a pan seared local chicken breast with ratatouille and a roasted beet and onion salad with local goat cheese. No decision yet, but I'm betting there will be local wine also.
Life is good.