Farmers’ market wonderment

June 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm Leave a comment

I love, love, love this time of year for cooking, farmers’ markets and food straight from the garden. Cooking is simpler, lighter, healthier and quicker this time of year, and everything tastes so much better. Yum.

Almost every Saturday we (or sometimes just me) get up at a reasonable time and head to the St. Joseph Farmers’ Market. We don’t have a huge market here, about 12-18 booths depending, but you can always find something delicious this time of year. We always go armed with $20, and walk away with a pretty good haul. For instance, this weekend for $18 I came home with:

1 brick of garden cheddar goats cheese
1 package goats milk cheese curds
15 new red potatoes
2 cucumbers
5 amazing, ripe, drip down your face peaches’

I am a half-committed locavore, especially in the summer when finding local treats is much easier. I’ve read Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma, and Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. And here’s the thing – there are a million reasons to try to eat local (ideally organically local, but local trumps organic every time). It supports farmers in your area. It cuts down on the need for fertilizer, pesticides, etc. because you are eating foods that are meant to grow in that season. The foods are fresher, because they don’t have to be picked, packed, refridgerated and shipped for days on end. You have more vitamins in fresher food. You cut down on the carbon footprint by reducing the amount of oil needed to ship your food. But here’s the thing – you don’t even need to know all of that. All you need to know is: it tastes SO. MUCH. BETTER.

Throughout this week, check back and see how these yummy buys, and some key ingredients from the garden, have combined to make yummy, partially local, easy and healthy meals!

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About me

My name is Mallory Murray and I have a love of all things oldfashioned. I'm a modern day feminist who also adores Martha Stewart. Read on for my sewing, crochet, cooking, gardening, quilting and crafting projects. I am the chief officer of marketing and design at Northwest Missouri State University, so expect the occasional random post about marketing/universities/design. I dream of a hobby farm with baby doll sheep, a sheep dog, a small flock of chickens, and other animals to be announced. I'm also a Pitt State grad, football lover, HGTV addict and obsessed with the color aqua.

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