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Spring has Sprung!
every Thursday, there is a farmers' market at our local Bart stop. we've gone a few times and have been trying to remember to go every week. I think this is going to be a lot easier now that spring is really here, and with it wonderful new fresh veggies!

I almost feel guilty bringing home so much bounty for so little money. it's pretty cool to be able to support small local farms while saving money AND getting produce that is fresher and less beat up.

so, tonight I made us a little spring veggie feast!

beet vinaigrette over asian greens and fresh mint salad
peas with butter, garlic and thyme (lightly cooked for freshest flavor)
oven roasted potatoes with home-grown rosemary (these came out more like home fries, but were nevertheless delicious)


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12 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
yourpetwerewolf From: yourpetwerewolf Date: April 24th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC) (Link)
OH MAN, om nom nom indeed!
itslittlebit From: itslittlebit Date: April 24th, 2009 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)

I forget

are you guys vegetarian? Cause if not, I know a *splendid* variation on the peas and thyme and garlic one.
itslittlebit From: itslittlebit Date: April 24th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: I forget

Look up Gordon Ramsay's "peas bonne femme" if you're interested.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: April 25th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: I forget

I'm a carnivorous kitty - the Bunny is 99.99% vegetarian (with the exception of a little raw fish every now and then... also, he often wants to taste-but-not-eat things that make my eyes roll back in my head). I cook about 90% veggie at home - it's just easier. however, the peas were AMAZING! so I will definitely check out your suggestion.
porsupah From: porsupah Date: April 24th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, wow! I wish I had something like that nearby.. that said, there are a couple outfits that offer weekly boxes of Stuff, which I should perhaps look into, and see how that compares against the kind of vegetable purchases I tend to make. Nothing too weird and wonderful: carrots, mangetout, snowpeas, broccoli, baby corn, and green beans, mostly. Frustratingly, so much of all this comes from a long distance away - much out of necessity, I suppose.. it wasn't so long ago that all vegetable availability was strictly seasonal. I just can't help feeling I shouldn't like baby corn so much, when it's getting flown over from Thailand, rather than grown in hothouses somewhere closer. (But would that be better? I understand a lot of commercial roses are grown in Africa, Kenya especially, and that the overall ecological impact of cultivating them in greenhouses would actually be worse)

Fresh peas are especially nomworthy - such a huge difference from the frozen kinds, straight out of the pod. And good potatoes, of course.. though I'll admit a weakness for drowning them in cheese, for scalloped potatoes. So good. =:9 Actually, I haven't had such in quite a long while now.. maybe I'll pick up a bag next time I'm at el supermercado.

o/~ What a friend we have in cheeses o/~
chasbrown From: chasbrown Date: April 24th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
We used to get our veggie box from Terra Firma Farms. It was excellent and about the right size. It really changed our eating habits for the better. (:
edgeofthewoods From: edgeofthewoods Date: April 24th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love beets!

We have many farmer's markets here in the city. You can get everything from locally made cheese to honey and maple syrup to fresh veggies and baked treats. I haven't been frequenting them much since our move, but there's one held in the abandoned brickworks just a bike ride away... I'm looking forwards to checking it out in the near future!
chasbrown From: chasbrown Date: April 24th, 2009 02:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think it's a big deal if it's a little more expensive but makes you eat well and healthy. I mean, look at how excited you were about it!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: April 25th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
the crazy thing is, it's actually *cheaper* - AND the farmer gets paid more money per item than if they had sold their food to a grocery. so the farmer gets more and I still pay less.

our market is small, but the cool thing about that is that it encourages me to try new things. the whole situation is made of win!
bearfairie From: bearfairie Date: April 24th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay!! How delightful! I'm totally coming to YOUR house for dinner! ;)

One of my very favorite things about living in the Bay Area is the farmers markets. It comforts me and thrills me on some really deep levels to have that incredible and obvious abundance year-round and close to home. And yeah, this is the best time for it when everything's coming up and there's such variety. Yay for veggies!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: April 25th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
you should! maybe on a Thursday or Friday so I'll be sure to have the freshest veggies.
theassassinnox From: theassassinnox Date: April 24th, 2009 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
MMmmmmm....that all sounds awesome. <3
12 smooches or Gimme Some Love!