Farmers’ Market 08.28.10

This morning was one of those mornings that encourages notions of invincibility. I climbed out of bed one hour before my alarm went off. The sunlight streamed through my large bedroom windows and warmed me up before my feet even touched the shaggy blue rug beside my bed. Feeling the bright light on my face, I reached for the fake Ray-Bans on my bedside table instead of my prescription glasses: instantly cool. As I made my way through the apartment, the cat wove figure-eights around my ankles and I did not fall. Today I could rule the world, if I so desired.

However all I desired this morning was a cold cup of iced coffee from Black Hand and a stroll through the SOTJ market. Since I missed the market last weekend due to a very long day trip, I had looked forward to this morning for the last 7 days (at least). And when I woke up today with no obligations or plans to do anything at all, the possibilities overwhelmed me. I wanted to tackle the laundry, build our flat-packed DIY furniture, organize the entire apartment, change my own oil, climb Mount Everest, run for President. . . go to the South-of-the James Market.

And perhaps my zeal resulted in a ridiculously large purchase of local fruits and vegetables.

Wowzers! Go-Go-Gadget Santoku!

It’s OK. I will find a way to use all this food. I am Wonder Woman. By the way, this is how far $32 goes at the farmer’s market. In case you were wondering.

  • Black pepper linguine from Bombolini (I know, we’re addicted)
  • Giant cucumber
  • Yellow summer squash
  • Butternut squash
  • Basil
  • Bell peppers
  • White and yellow peaches
  • Asian pears
  • Slicing tomatoes
  • Sungold tomatoes
  • Purslane
  • Okra

Think I might have been making up for last week?

Kyle and I also grabbed a snack from the Boka Tako truck. I have read a lot of good things about Boka Tako, and while I am a devoted fan of Nate’s Taco Truck, I have been dying to give this one a try. They offer fusion tacos and the customized concept is neat: the customer chooses the meat and the style and the guys at Boka Tako throw it together. Here is today’s menu (click to enlarge):

We wanted to try the tofu tacos in these two styles:

Asian – kimchi, sesame, herbs

Mexican – habanero-lime, chipotle crema, cheese

Unfortunately, when we got there they had just run out of tofu. I had seen the prep that went into some other customers’ tacos and all the delicious looking toppings and sauces and I thought, who needs the protein? I just want to try the stuff. I asked them to make me the two tacos with no tofu, just the toppings. They looked at me kind of funny and then shrugged and offered me the tofu-less tacos at a discounted price. They also threw in a third taco in the remaining style:

American – BBQ, sherry slaw, cheese, caramelized onions.


Might not be very healthy, but oh my was this delicious! Verdict: a mi me gustan estos tacos. We will definitely return, and next time it will be early enough to get the tofu. Or not. Either way, muy sabrosa.

After we left the market, I channeled my energy (and general feeling of invincibility) toward even more productive and superheroic activities. Activities that were so impressive that they deserve their own post.

Can you guess what metaphorical mountain I climbed today?

Hint: It was not Mount Everest. I said “metaphorical.”

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