The first Farmer’s Market of the year is much anticipated. I got a little spoiled with a year-round market in Calgary, so waiting all winter really builds the excitement for the first market of the season! Everything looks so enticing that I get a little carried away and buy more than I need, but that’s okay because we eat more vegetables that way! With so much produce I end up making all-vegetable meals for a couple of days, to use everything. Today we’re going to have Asparagus with Kale Pesto (working on a recipe).
The rain stopped and the sun peeked out just in time. Fortunately for us, there are quite a few artisans around here for a small town. With such a great selection, it’s no wonder I get carried away!
While everything tastes amazing after a long winter, asparagus holds a special place in my heart, (yes in my heart, I know it sounds dramatic but freshly picked asparagus is unparalleled!).
And…, Dalias, my favorite new summer flower for planters. They are low maintenance and produce so many blooms that they really add a lot of color in a small space. I’ve been planting them in hanging planters as a center plant with trailing flowers all around – it makes for a really color-packed basket.
Weirdly enough, there are even tomatoes, (hothouse but local). If it ever warms up, I could move my tomatoes outdoors. Lately the’ve taken up half of my kitchen floor because it’s been so cold at night.
Pure Montana Honey is so delicious, it’s one of my favorite sweeteners. The flavor of a good quality honey is so multifaceted that it adds an extra dimension to whipped cream, or berries, or…the list could go on forever.
We have a couple very talented bakers here in the valley and it’s a great challenge to stick with mostly vegetables. If you’ve never had morning buns, then you’re in for a treat. They are probably my most favorite pastry. I’m pretty sure that Nancy Silverton from the La Brea Bakery was the first one to make them, but in any event they’re awesome. Picture croissant dough rolled up with brown sugar and baked into crispy caramelized goodness. Then, fresh out of the oven, they’re given a roll in cinnamon & sugar. So as you might have guessed, they may well be the perfect treat with an espresso.
I just want to note, that while I don’t eat bread much anymore, sourdough bakery treats remain one of my favorite things!
To add to all the fun, there’s live music, food vendors, and crafts of all kinds.
Sweet Peaks is another great local company with a passion for ice cream, and let me tell you it shows! Their ice cream sets a standard for yumminess that has me inspired to get my ice cream maker out a little more often. On the menu today was rhubarb sorbet – what a great idea! I have so much rhubarb right now that I’m running out of things to do with it.
Farmer’s Market is my favorite of all lifestyle topics. Nothing gets me more enthusiastic than to be surrounded with top quality ingredients waiting to be taken home and prepared!