Friday, July 31, 2009

A Trip to the Country

John and I took a drive to the country on Sunday to pick some veggies! One of John's coworkers has a large garden and way too many vegetables for his family to eat!

We are rookies at this and managed to get eaten alive by bugs, but had a good time anyway. We were able to pick green beans, kale, broccoli, squash, cabbage, green peppers, and tomatoes. In hindsight, I should have taken a picture of our gargage refrigerator as it was stuffed with bags of veggies. In about a week or so the cantaloupe and watermelon will be ready and he has a big pumpkin patch started for the fall.

They say it always tastes better picked right out the garden, and I would have to agree. This week we've had fresh corn on the cob, fried green tomatoes, squash and zucchini for dinner. Yum-O!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Trip to the Farmer's Market

At my friend Mary's suggestion, I met her at the St. Matthews Farmer's Market on Saturday morning. Wow, was I in for a treat! It was the largest farmer's market I've been to and the variety of items offered was amazing. I saw lots of different fruits and veggies that you just don't see at Kroger. It was fun to talk to the growers and ask them questions.

I ended up purchasing some fresh flowers, kettle corn, zucchini bread, yellow and white corn and some peaches. Mary bought her weekly supply of heirloom tomatoes! There were cooking demos, live music and omelets made while you wait. There were Amish rugs, lots of breads, herbs and flowers, honey, granola, gelato, cupcakes, etc.

Everyone knows I am a big fan of buying local and buying handmade. I get a good feeling when I buy from a local farmer, much the same way I love supporting artists on etsy.

If you haven't been to a local Farmer's Market, try to check one out this weekend. Here is their link if you want to learn more about this particular location. Remember to get there early!