I finally live in a town that has a farmer’s market – not that I lived so far from it before we moved a whole mile and a half to the new place, but there is something about being able to walk out the door with a couple of bags and walk down to the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning that is particularly awesome. I have never lived within reasonable walking distance of one either.
Neither of the two farmers that have stalls are certified organic, but they both claim to be using integrated pest control and are trying to minimize chemical fertilizers . . . not thrilled, but I want to do my part to help support them. You can be sure I made it clear that sustainably, responsibly grown food is important to me and many local folks I know. It is the perennial debate: if you HAD to choose between local and organic, which is better for you AND the environment. Ugh. I’m polling people again on the Green Divas Radio Show FB page. PLEASE weigh in!
Meanwhile, Here’s what we made this week
from the goodies you see in the picture
Carrot Juice w/ Beets & Kale – (GD Meg’s Recipe for Carrot Juice w/ Beets & Kale)
My favorite carrot juice recipe includes (per 1 cup serving):
- about 6 carrots
- 1 leaf kale
- 1 celery stalk
- 1 t fresh ginger
- 1/4 of a medium raw beet
Farmer’s Market Fig Salad
The only things that didn’t come from the farmer’s market were the pistachios and the salad dressing! We gobbled this one up and can’t wait till next week’s market – hope they have more figs! (GD Meg’s Recipe for Farmer’s Market Fig Salad)
Vegan Roasted Beet & Cashew Cheese Tower
We love to roast beets and get creative with them in the summer. (GD Meg’s Recipe for Vegan Roasted Beet & Cashew Cheese Tower)
Not sure where we came up with this, but half the family loves this, the other half not so much, so we divide our corn catch and do half plain and half BBQ’d.
- Locally Grown NON-GMO Corn (if you can find it!)
- Your favorite BBQ sauce
Cook all the corn as you normally would (we usually just cook in boiling water). Take out the ears you want to BBQ and cool a bit. When you can handle them, roll them in your favorite BBQ sauce and toss them on the grill, turning as they brown and blacken. YUM!