One of my goals on Whole-Foodista is to show that produce from your local Farmer’s Market is not only tasty, but also very versatile. I’ll be the first to admit that I occasionally feel a bit baffled when trying to think of how to prepare all the pretty veggies I bring home. It is especially challenging on those weeks when you can’t find the exact ingredient you were looking for or craving.
That’s the thing about the farmer’s market, the vendors can only bring the seasonal produce that has done well that particular week. For example, if there hasn’t been a lot of rain in the area, there might be less to choose from. If it is early spring, you may find plenty of broccoli and greens, but not many peaches or tomatoes. That’s just how it goes. When shopping at a local fresh produce market, it’s important to realize that only what is seasonal and local to your area will be available for purchase. I don’t live in a tropical area, for example, so I shouldn’t expect oranges, lemons, or pineapple to be at my market. Sometimes it may work out that all you’ve got to work with that week is eggplant and okra. Maybe the next week there’s only potatoes and onions. So what do you do then?
That’s where the Farmer’s Market Find Series comes in. Each week I will feature an ingredient found at my local market and prepare that same ingredient 3 different ways. It’s important to make the best use of your produce as possible, and for a long time I struggled with how to do this. In fact, I’m still discovering new ways to make our purchases stretch and creating or finding new dishes! I actually enjoy doing this, though, so while I am glad it has gotten easier, I also look forward to that creative challenge. Hopefully for you, I will be able to take most of the challenge out of it so that it is as simple and fuss-free as possible to create several meals from your weekly farmer’s market find.
Be sure to check back each week to see the featured ingredient and learn three ways to transform it into a delicious dish!
Foodistas, what ingredients would you like to see featured?