Fall, Food, and Farmer’s Market.

I just had a mozzarella, tomato, basil sandwich on shepherd’s bread. Unfortunately, none of these items were purchased at the Capitol Hill Farmer’s Market that is about 50 yards from my front door – but not for a lack of trying.

My husband had better luck with what he was looking for: a couple ripe apples, some aged cheese ($cha-ching!$), and two fistfuls of fire-colored dahlias (at a very affordable $5), because he knows I adore them.

I did manage to get one item for tonight’s dinner – acorn squash. They just came out of the oven, and they smell so sweet! I’ll put this together in the crock pot with some chopped yams, carrots, onion, potatoes, chicken, tons of curry powder, and some low-fat coconut milk, and cook it until it’s a thick stew to ladle over rice or couscous. What better way to ward off the horrible cold that’s making the rounds?

I did see a few items of interest that have caught my eye in the last few weeks. There is a man selling honey, but I won’t even look at the price until I have enough cash that I don’t care how much it is. The Good Bread Vendor was not there this weekend, and the only other bread being sold was whole-grain from a self-sustaining farm at $15 per loaf. (No wonder it’s self-sustaining!)

We saw huckleberries a couple weeks ago, and they went into some Sunday afternoon pancakes. We won’t be lucky enough to see them again, though – the season’s long over. I’m always interested in the copious amounts of eggplant, but every time I buy some, it goes bad before I figure out how to make it. I really need a decent recipe for baba ghanough, perhaps. The zucchini and other soft squashes keep calling me, and I’ll have to come up with a marinade for a veggie roast next weekend.

So, it’s hit or miss, and there’s no guarantee I’ll find the ingredients for dinner tonight, but at the very least I can put a huge bouquet of seasonal flowers on the table each week. It’s open from 11am – 3pm on Sundays behind the Bank of America on Broadway and Thomas, and the rumor is that they’ll be running through the end of November. The prices vary from cheapie-cheapie to OHMYGOD-that’s-ridiculous, and all products come from local farms and vendors.

5 Comments so far

  1. shauna (unregistered) on October 9th, 2005 @ 9:31 pm

    Great photo, Colleen!

  2. Colleen (unregistered) on October 9th, 2005 @ 9:53 pm

    Thanks! Still tinkering with the new camera, and it still confounds me – but taking pictures of flowers is a good exercise. They hold still a lot better than my cats. :)

  3. SW (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 11:31 am

    This is what all farmers markets are like. Is it not?

  4. Colleen (unregistered) on October 11th, 2005 @ 1:02 pm

    Well, I don’t really know. This was my first.

  5. Laurel (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 7:12 am

    If you see them next time, get the little kiwis. There’s a woman from Port Angeles selling cute little hardy kiwis. They’re much sweeter and more fragrant than normal kiwis, in a more convenient form factor (grape sized, no fur).

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