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loss of self-control at the farmers' market 
4th-Sep-2009 01:16 pm
food, Bascove peaches
I ducked over to the Friday farmers' market at lunch with the intention of getting a couple of beets, a bouquet of sunflowers, and maybe some Parmesan or something like that if any of the vendors had any. (They didn't.)

I wound up coming away with more than two tote bags full: half a flat of strawberries (only $5!), two bunches of jumbo carrots (with the greens for the bird), a bunch of leeks, a head of cauliflower, an Armenian cucumber, a bunch of beets (with the greens from an extra bunch tossed in for lagniappe), some Medjool dates, some sprouted almonds, and a bouquet of sunflowers.

Looks like jam-making is in my plans for the weekend. Gotta stop and get some Mason jars on the way home, though.
4th-Sep-2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Man, I always blow my budget at the farmer's market. At least it's good, healthy food and not something frivolous like shoes or electronic toys.
7th-Sep-2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
The beets and carrots were for a recipe that reminded me of you for some reason.

Preliminary verdict: needs more dressing. The garlic level is fine, but the rest (oil, vinegar, mustard) should be doubled.
5th-Sep-2009 04:34 am (UTC)
I hear you! I got some lovely strawberries and figs and made jam last night on the spur of the moment. It was my first time using Pomona's pectin, which I really liked.
7th-Sep-2009 06:19 pm (UTC)
I need to pick up some Pomona's the next time I'm anywhere that carries it. For now I've been doing microbatches of low-sugar, no-pectin jam, figuring that if I'm only making a pint at a time and storing it in the fridge, I don't need to worry too much about what effects decreasing the sugar & pectin will have on the storability.

I've really been finding that the jams I make (even the experimental, "hey, let's throw in a couple of teaspoons of this homemade chai masala to spice it up" batches) taste better to me than commercial ones, even the fancy small-batch ones from Piedmont Grocery or the farmers' market vendors.
5th-Sep-2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oh. Yum.
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