I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Treats from the Farmers Market

new palest blue plates for summer.
Cape Cod freebie thrifted glass shell plates.

Hi! It's Wednesday, so it's market day! One of the best things about the farmers market, is, I think, the element of surprise, of uncertainty. For sure if you think you're gonna buy pale blue chicken eggs and red oak leaf lettuce something more enticing will sway your fickle culinary imagination.   

I was all set to head out today and..oh my! a thunderstorm  cloudburst barrelled in...then right out again. Left the area a bit steamy, but the sun was shining again, so off I went. I didn't expect any vendors to still be there at the plaza, but the white tents were up and there were lots of yummy things buy. No eggs though, sigh. No eggs meant no egg salad sandwiches for a cool supper out on the deck.

Now what?
My favorite Italian guys from Brooklyn were there with all their enticing goodies.

I bought my standby:  fresh mozzarella.

This is a cheese like fresh creamery heaven. I served it with some antipasto---olives, arti-hearts, mushrooms--- bought earlier at the Italian deli in town, drizzled on some fig balsamic vinegar. Dash of lemon pepper...mmm. (add some salami, some crusty bread, and this could be an entire meal...)

But yes. I was seduced by the homemade eggplant rollatini, even if it meant I'd have to heat up the oven.

So yummy.

Some zucchini from my regular veggie guys. They also had buckets and buckets of gorgeous kale...but I was a bit lazy, you can tell? So no elaborate kale washing tonight, that can be another day.

At the Brooklyn guys' tent I also got a bag of fresh pappardelli, which are Italian egg noodles, nice and wide and tasty.

I love noodles but am not too fond of the dried store-bought "Pennsylvania Dutch" offerings. I buy pappardelli instead. Of course now I either have to freeze the fresh noodles or make a roast something for the weekend. Maybe a crockpot pot roast? Can't miss, sometimes hungry beach goers love a full crockpot instead of  BBQ.

The vinegar seller is new. Next week I plan to try one of her herbed olive oils. And there is a new cheese man too. And a new veggie grower who has lovely bundles of fresh herbs. Can't wait.

I ended up with my big old LL Bean post office tote full. Next I think I'll have to plan some new market bags, a new fun project?



gone to the beach....

[it got so dark, all the streetlights came on!]