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
Farmers Market Challenge
The Farmers Market Challenge, written by Katie Bartel (and the odd guest star) seeks to challenge the notice that you can’t get hardly anything for $40 at the farmers market. Each market, Katie explores what’s the best deal, and discovers food she’s never heard of.
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