Apologies! A tech glitch caused this post to stay in the draft queue forever. Whooops! We eat a lot of chicken. In fact, our grocery shopping is often dictated by the store that has the best price on boneless and skinless chicken breasts that week. Until last week we had shunned Rockweld Farm chicken truck at the market. Too expensive we thought. We are of no illusion … [Read more...] about Farmers Market Challenge: Week 9 Summer 2017
It’s funny what a simple question will do for a conversation. At the last market I asked Jeff at Fresh Quality Produce why yellow wax beans were called wax. I mean, if green beans are called green, why not call yellow beans, yellow? Honestly, I can’t remember his response, but I do remember him leading the conversation over to strawberries and raspberries and asking why each … [Read more...] about Farmers Market Challenge: Summer 2017 Week #8
When Jen Arbo, president of the New West Farmers Market, floated the idea of conducting a “Berry Showdown” “Berry Off” “Berry Battle” at the market a couple weeks ago, a little lightbulb went off in my head. We Bartels love our berries and cherries; why keep the friendly fisticuffs to the market only? Yes, folks, I brought the showdown home. We had cherries. We had … [Read more...] about Farmers Market Challenge: Week 6 Summer 2017
Give us this day our daily strawberries. Er, I mean… No, wait, that’s exactly what I mean. It is strawberry season, and every day we are running out buying two pints of strawberries. Every. Day. This season is short; we need to take advantage while we still can. So it was a given that come market day, strawberries would be number one on the list. Now, at $10 for the larger … [Read more...] about Farmers Market Challenge Summer 2017: Week 5
I am not a cook. At least, not until recently. I have long avoided the kitchen. I used to live off eggs and grilled cheese before my husband came along. I developed a brilliant backstory of not cooking due to fears of poisoning myself and others. Note, my avoidance is likely more due to laziness than lack of skill that’s kept me off the grill. Whenever my parents, who … [Read more...] about Farmers Market Challenge Summer 2017 Week # 4
We made it a meal when it should have been an appetizer. Last week’s market presented us with a bit of a conundrum. There were plenty of salad greens to be had, and normally that would be top of our shopping list, but because I still had greens leftover from the previous week, and had also acquired salad greens from two farms that I intern at, my fridge imposed a strict greens … [Read more...] about Farmers Market Challenge: The Produce is Back!