Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Eating Omily: Fresh Flavors While We Wait for Spring Veggies

The magnolias are blooming! It's really, truly Spring!! Ok, so we're still waiting for asparagus, and the ramps are all gone by noon this early in the season, but that doesn't mean there aren't delicious, fresh flavors just waiting for you at the Farmers' Market! Here's what I've been having a Spring fling with this year.

I've always been a huge fan of sea food: fish, shellfish, sushi, oysters on the half-shell, fish and chips, you name it, I love it...well, I don't eat octopus, but that's a whole other issue. I love that I can find sea food at the Farmers' Market, and I do my best to serve sea food in our house at least once a week, since it's so good for us, and sustainable sea food is so available. Most of my choices come from the sea: fishing boats that ply the waters off the coast of Long Island, but lately I've discovered that most deliciately delicious of fresh water fish, trout!

Seriously, are these the most beautiful fish you've ever laid eyes on, or what? The vendor at the Farmers' Market has both wild brook trout, and sustainable farmed rainbow trout, and oh my goodness are they delicious. We took our trout, wrapped it in foil with butter and salt, and baked it until it was tender. The flavor was unbelievable: sweet, and somehow as cool and fresh as the stream it came from.  I've got to get the picture of the Vendor's sign off my phone, but as soon as I do I'll add it to this post.

You'd think we'd be hooked after that, but I knew we had to try the hot hardwood smoked trout, and that was a whole other delicious dinner, with leftovers that made a perfect hearty breakfast. And speaking of perfect, hearty breakfasts, Central Valley Farm, my very favourite Farmers' Market vendor, had done it again! I practically live on their yogurt already, and they've managed to make it better: they've strained into incredibly thick, solid (almost more like cream cheese) Greek yogurt, and then topped it with strawberry puree! An eight ounce container is only $3!!! Not impressed? This yogurt hits all the same bells and whistles as strawberry cheesecake, with a much better nutrient profile: healthier fats, and very little sugar, and big enough to share, for $3! Seriously, you need to give this stuff a try. It's a game-changer.
Are you into ribs? Do you think of ribs as somehow more violet or creepy than other meats? If you answered 'yes' to either of these questions, I know where you should be buying your supply!
This sign made me laugh. At least it's honest!

Have you made exciting Farmers' Market discoveries lately? Are you dying to try that strawberry yogurt? Let me know in the comments!

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