This is where I take a photo of what I bought and tell you three things:
1. Where it came from.
2.What I paid for it.
3. What I’m making with it.
Then I invite you to make cooking suggestions with local, seasonal produce.
We had mixed reactions to this feature last summer, but I had a couple of people e-mail to request that I bring it back. I think that’s valid for a few reasons:
1. It provides a snapshot (no pun intended) of what’s growing in the Lower Hudson Valley when.
2. With the cost of food rising so fast, it’s an interesting look at how much it costs to buy local.
3. The more people participating, the better everyone’s cooking gets!
So I have a twist: Why don’t you take photos, too?
You can e-mail them to me and I’ll post them all in this same post.
With a variety of purchases we’ll see how costs compare around the region, see what different products are available where, and come up with even more exciting opportunities in the kitchen. So without further ado, here’s this week’s Farmers Market Loot, from the Nyack Farmers Market:
Clockwise from top left:
Asparagus, $5, Blooming Hill Organic Farm, Blooming Grove
Radishes 2 @ $2 bunch, Blooming Hill Organic Farm, Blooming Grove
Pickled Mushrooms, $5, Dr. Pickle, Wayne, NJ.
Hot dogs 2 @$ each, Dines Farm, Oak Hill
Strawberries, 2 @$5 each, The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona
Chicken 4@$9 each, Dines Farm, Oak Hill
So for the asparagus, I’m going to riff off a recipe I found in The New Spanish Table and saute them with tangerine zest and juice and toss them with shelled pistachio nuts.
The radishes could go a couple ways: I’ve been slicing them on the mandoline and serving them on baguettes with flavored butter. The first recipe I tried was from Bon App: it involved sesame oil and seeds.
Then I made up my own recipe and layered feta cheese with mint and layered the radishes on top.
Hot dogs? On the grill and served with our homemade sauerkraut.
Strawberries? Out of hand, thought I might consider a strawberry pie.
Chickens? Split down the backbone and smoked with hickory on the Weber kettle:
So show me your loot!