Friday, October 28, 2011
I will admit it. You ready? I am addicted to the Farmer's Market. There, I said it out loud. There is something about the thrill of the hunt. The wonder of finding something new. The sites, sounds, colors and textures. The promise of new, exciting and healthy meal that I just need to pluck from the piles and head home to whip up. All of it local, organic, and delicious. I live all winter dreaming of the first weekend of June when it returns and I am upset any weekend I can not go. I missed one this whole season. Pretty good if I do say so myself!
Tomorrow is the final day. The day when I will buy several sugar pumpkins to use for my first canning adventure. I will hoard winter squash and anything that will last a few more months in my cupboard. One of my strange obsessions has always been preserving food. When I was small I remember staring in wonder at all the glass jars that lined my great grandmothers cellar stairs. Heirloom recipes of pickles, jams, chutneys and her famous piccalilli, all but lost to my generation. Somewhere inside me even then was a fledgling foodie determined to have jars of my own. I am reading a book on the process and my first foray into this new world will be organic pumpkin puree. At $2.50 a can around here I am determined to make my own with no added junk. Just healthy goodness.
I have thought all week about what I will do to fill the void that the market has left in my Saturdays and in my weekly menus. There is a local organics delivery service. A few times in the past I have be close to joining but always questioned if it was a waste. I think I will give it a try and see how it works out for us. Time is a factor for me. Getting to the store on a regular basis and being able to find fresh produce is difficult. The Farmers Market is just down the street and easily accessible. I will find a solution to being able to eat clean year around even in New England even if it means I spend a great deal of time next year preserving and hoarding. At least I will have some great photos for my other blog! www.simplytastefuleats.com Thanks to some fantastic advice from my girl RAVENSONG37 we are camera shopping this weekend. Wish me luck!!
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