Farmer’s Market Fun
So I’m a night owl. I love my Saturday morning sleeping-in-time. So unfortunately, I tend to sleep too late to go to the farmer’s market as a general rule. (Which is one of the many reasons why I love my weekly FFTY delivery) Today however, I happened to wake up a little earlier than usual, and decided to grab my camera and mosey on down to take a peak-see at the Pleasant Hill Farmer’s Market.
It was a little colder and windier than I had expected, and of course, I hadn’t grabbed a jacket. But that’s okay, because it was still lots of fun. Of course, the Pleasant Hill farmer’s market doesn’t really hold a candle to the Ferry Plaza farmer’s market in San Francisco, but it sure is a lot closer. One of these days, I’ll have to drag my behind outta bed early enough to trek in to San Francisco, but for now, it was nice to go to my local market.
Going to the farmer’s market gave me an opportunity to supplement this week’s box with some seasonal fruit that hasn’t quite made it in to the box yet, and let me find something interesting and new to try – fresh Garbanzo beans! I’d never seen fresh garbanzo beans before today, so naturally I had to pick some up to bring home. When I showed them to Mr. Man he was as intrigued as I was, and we opened one up to try raw. Interestingly, they’re sweet and fresh raw, if a little green tasting. I can’t wait to see how they taste cooked.
There were only a couple of stalls selling organic produce, unfortunately – so my choices were a little limited. I never used to be too concerned about organic vs. non-organic, and lately I’ve been trying to focus mostly on local and letting organic kind of sort itself out. But ever since coming across this article and this list on which produce items tend to contain the most pesticides, I’ve been a little more cautious about some things. Mr. Man tends to do a little eyeroll when discussing organic produce – he’s a little bit of a science geek (in addition to his normal geekiness) so he tends to get hung up on the whole actual definition of “organic” versus the (now) common usage. If I didn’t think it was a little cute, I’d probably try to make an effort to call it “chemical pesticide free produce” or something long and tongue-twisty like that. So here’s what I got:
One Bunch of very pretty and smelly (in a good way) pea shoots flowers that I put in a vase in the garden window
One pound of Cherries (that sadly, did not survive very long – Miss Thing and I devoured them soon after their arrival at the house)
Four Peaches and and Five Nectarines
One bunch of Green Onions and some G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S long stemmed Basil
Three little cartons of Raspberries
One Pound of Romain Lettuce and five Tomatoes
Three pints of Strawberries
A couple of pounds of Fava Beans
And a couple of pounds of the Fresh Garbanzo Beans
Now – I’m off to shell some beans!