Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The Farmers' Market: A Cornucopia of Color
More rain! All day long. Needless to say, I did not lead that hike in the Moreau mountains today, as planned. My only outdoor venture today was a trip to the Saratoga Farmers' Market, which, happily, is just a few blocks from my home. And luckily, it's all under cover now, so vendors and shoppers can all stay dry.
Sure, the day was dark and drear, but what a cornucopia of color among the stalls! Instead of thrilling to autumn foliage and mountain vistas, I walked up and down the market, rejoicing in all the beautiful fruits and vegetables.
My favorite green-bean vendor was not at the market today, but my favorite tomato guy was there, with lots of sweet, low-acid Jet Stars. I loaded up today, since they won't be available for very much longer.
I bought some apples, too, although my favorite variety, Ida Red, is still not ready to pick. Northern Spies and Cortlands will have to do for now.
Here's the cauliflower I bought, just before cutting a portion of it for supper. Is that not a huge and handsome vegetable? Tonight, to save time, I simply steamed it and dressed it with a little browned butter. My favorite way with cauliflower is to roast it with onion and olive oil in a very hot oven, then sprinkle on parmesan cheese before serving. Yum!
Those are all the veggies I bought today, plus a chunk of some wonderful raw-milk washed-rind cheese from the Argyle Cheese Farmer. But there was plenty more there to feast on, if only with my eyes. Here's just a sampling: