It was a beautiful warm and sunny day with a gentle breeze as we went to the town’s Farmer’s Market. It’s still early in the summertime, but we were able to find a few things that made the trip well worth it! A locally produced honey, from wildflower (if you look at most honey sold in stores, it’s clover honey), a cherry tomato plant, and a bunch of fresh radishes. It was a pleasure chatting with the local farmers, including a man who was selling goat cheese that he helped produce at the farm. It was light and creamy. I could see myself using it on bread with root vegetables (my friend gave me this AMAZING recipe for bruschetta using goat cheese, beets, parsnips and carrots. The color itself is vibrant!)
Buying the tomato plant was exciting for us, since it gave us the hope of being able to pop a fresh cherry tomato in our mouths whenever we pleased (provided that it actually produces some). It also meant spending less at the grocery store for days old (or weeks old, I don’t really want to know) tomatoes without any real flavors. By going to a farmer’s market, you are supporting the local farmers. It also means fresher produce, which often leads to more intense taste! It however can be intimidating if you don’t recognize what’s on the stands. But that’s half the fun. Ask the salesperson what they are, and how to use them. It’s a great way to learn about new vegetables, herbs or fruit. And guess what? It’s a GUARANTEED way to eat in the season!
With the radishes, it was a delightful surprise since I often eat it cut up in salads or grated for radish slaw (which I, by the way, LOVE). I wanted something different this time. So I sliced it up, and sautéed it in a pan with a bit of olive oil, red wine vinegar, dried dill weed, celery salt and freshly ground black pepper. The color was BEAUTIFUL! It was originally deep red with a snow-white inside.
As I cooked it, it slowly became the color of a sailor’s delight, when the sun it setting and you see a pink sky. Smaller pieces were crispy, as if it was potato chips, while the larger slices were a pleasure to bite into, its sharpness startling you with its freshness making you smile. It literally felt as if I was biting into good health.
To recreate this, you need to have the following ingredients on hand:
A bunch of radishes (buy them fresh!), sliced
2 TBSP olive oil
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 tsp dried dill weed
1 tsp celery salt
season to taste
Heat up a frying pan with olive oil and the red wine vinegar. Once you see it sizzling, throw in the radishes, and add the herbs. Stir until it’s entirely pink, and reaches the desired crunchiness or softness. It took me approximately 10 minutes.
Enjoy and pat yourself on the back for cutting back on your carbon footprint by eating a locally grown produce!
How to start? Google your town and farmer’s market. See what comes up and explore!