You know how when puppies get excited, they shake their little tails. And when they get really excited, their entire back quarters start to move in a barely suppressed wiggle.
Yeah, I’m the same way when it comes to fresh local produce.
It doesn’t matter if it’s my weekly CSA share, which doesn’t start until mid-June (I’m counting down the weeks) or a simple farmers market, which has been tiding me over until my CSA starts. Most recently, I’ve been hitting up downtown Cleveland’s farmers market every Friday afternoon, which means I’m foregoing the gym to do it. That’s how you know it’s love. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
Several Friday’s ago, after literally skipping my way to the farmers market and squealing with delight over all the awe-inspiring goodness (I wasn’t kidding when I compared myself to a puppy), I brought this bevy of bountiful produce home.
Behold; the heavens open, the trumpets sound, and the angels rejoice. Too much? I don’t think so.
I can’t even fully explain how happy this picture makes me, although rest assured there is wiggling going on and even a jazz hand or two thrown in for good measure. Some people drool over the sight of an ice cream sundae (I’m one of them) and others drool over baskets of spinach, bundles of purple kale, cute little carrots, firm green onions, pretty pink radishes and tightly twined herbs. What can I say? I love food in all it’s glory, especially the colorful stuff… and cheese, but that’s a no brainer and also a regular at my farmers market.
I’ve decided to forgo Jenn’s typical What I Ate Wednesday today, although I’m totally still linking up because I’ve seen what other people post. It’s not a full day of eats. Sometimes it’s a whole weekends’ worth of food, a solo recipe, or just the meals you pick and choose. Bunch of rule breakers; the whole lot of you. Well if you can do it, then I can too. So there. Sorry Jenn, I promise to be back on my best behavior (which isn’t saying much) next week.
Also in the mix today is Kristy’s link up for Fresh Food Wednesdays because it doesn’t get much fresher than this. Plus, Kristy’s pretty fly, and she designs blogs for a living, goes to fancy food parties, and gets paid to take fabulous photos, all while drinking wine. She’s winning in my book.
If you need help with starting a blog, your existing blog layout or any other technical aspects of the social media world (damn it’s like looking into a mirror), you should check her out because that’s Kristy’s thing. She. Completes. You; you just don’t know it yet.
I digress. Back to the veritable veggies and lands of green. I already showed you my farmers market haul, but I’d like to go one step further (which shouldn’t be a surprise) and share exactly what I did with it all because anybody can buy a bunch of fresh goodies and let them wither away to nothing in the fridge. (I’ll be honest, two radishes didn’t make it, and it broke a little piece of my heart to compost them). It takes skills, talent, and some good mojo to put your produce where your mouth is. Lucky for you, I’m got all of them, in spades. Get ready for a crapton of pictures; three cheers for visual stimulation…not in a pornographic way. I’m not that kind of girl, well unless you’re talking yolk porn (or mad monkey love) and then all bets are off. Far be it from me to deny the people yolk porn.
And we’re off…
Some of the radishes and the green onions (along with a bunch of other veggies) made their way into this lovely vegetable dip, which I paired with more veggies. Obviously.
I also used that very same veggie dip as a sauce for my Garden Thyme veggie burger. This was my first time trying the Luna brand, and I have to say I was impressed.
I mixed half the bundle of fresh oregano in with some sweet potatoes and parmesan, and then roasted them all together in the oven, until they reached optimal deliciousness.
Part of the kale and the rest of the radishes (the edible ones, that is) made their way into Peas & Crayons very own Garlicky Kale Salad with Smoke Chipolte dressing. If you’re a fan of garlic (who isn’t) and aren’t afraid of a little heat, this is a dressing for you. It was a flavor explosion in my mouth (oh my!).
I drank the rest of my kale, along with some of the spinach in my morning smoothies, although I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the Hubby’s use of produce. When I was off gallivanting, he made himself several spinach salads with a plethora of toppings, which are all hiding underneath a mountain of sprouts. My man eats his greens, and it shows.
The last of the green onions made their way into my scrambled eggs. Twice.
The cute little carrots managed to sneak into a cast iron skillet stocked with veggies (red skinned potatoes, sweet potatoes, yellow onions, whole cloves of garlic and even some of the farmers market oregano). Here they are pre-roasting.
And post-roasting, paired with asparagus and topped with yolk porn because everything is better with yolk porn. Plus, I’m pretty sure I mentioned porn earlier; you can’t say I didn’t deliver.
There you have it my friends. My farmers market finds and yolk porn. What more could a girl ask for?
Do you frequent the farmers markets in your area? If so, what lovely little food perks have you brought home, and how did you use them? Tell me all about it so I can wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.