Imagine a lively conversation about exotic varieties of dried beans and how to cook them with the farmer who grew them. Add in a conversation with other customers about how to minimize bean distress with an extra cooking and rinse step or a recipe for how to cook a big pumpkin, and we find that we’re not just picking up food for dinner, but are forging a connection to the land, to the farmers, and to our neighbors. This is our community, one of our most valuable treasures that many of us overlook. Let’s support our wonderful local farmers and find the freshest in-season produce available at the different markets in our area. (Check my sidebar for local market info.)
Here are a few pictures from my shopping morning at the Hillsdale Farmers Market.
Leeks, red potatoes, kale, red onions from Gathering Together Farm.
Sweet potatoes and Zolfino and Dutch Bullet beans from Ayers Creek Farm.
Pears, Jonagold apples, and a beautiful pumpkin from Sun Gold Farm:
Heavenly smelling goat milk soap from Naked Acres Farm.
And several tasty vinegars from Blossom Vinegars, as well as carrots, arugula, and shitaake mushrooms.
Sun, new found friends, and a haul of beautiful food. A great morning all around!