Market Shopping Basket - June 19th by Katrina Emery

Market Shopping Basket – June 19th by Katrina Emery

June 23, 2016 |  by  |  Blog, News

I arrived at the market first thing in the morning, and was immediately smitten with the smells, colors, and mostly the samples, at the market this Sunday. My husband and I both spread out, finding our treasures before combining our haul into a delicious grilled  summer feast that night!

It started with Lamb Merguez, a fresh sausage with North African flavors, from Scratch Meats. At home I added a quick flatbread to the grill (a chapati recipe from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian), then grilled up zucchini from Simplicity Gardens, sprinkled with za’atar seasoning. As a side salad I threw some sautéed Romano beans, also from Simplicity, along with some cherry tomatoes I already had, in a vinaigrette. For dessert, we kept the grill going with huge ripe apricots from Baird Family Orchards, grilled then drizzled with TBees honey in their “mystery” flavor. It’s not actually a mystery, just a delicious mix of pollens instead of one single strain.

With the addition of a jar of Felton and Mary’s Artisan Foods medium barbeque sauce, my bags were filled up, but my coulda shoulda woulda list ran long. A sip of Lion Heart’s kombucha to go with the piles of fresh oysters from Hayes Oyster Company. Chicken from Cerigioli Gardens to be drenched in said barbeque sauce, and some gigantic black radishes from Glasrai Farm on the side. It was all I could do to resist the smells of tamales wafting from Mixteca’s big metal tamaleras.

A few weeks ago I snagged a pepper plant from Lil’ Starts. It’s an heirloom variety called Black Czech, and grows purple black peppers similar to jalapenos. Owner Lillian Klimaszewski gave me some tips for planting and maintenance, and now it’s flowering with tiny purple blooms. Here’s hoping I can keep it alive and thriving!

Lil Starts pepper


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