This weekend, I hit the South of the James Market right at opening with Kyle, Adrienne (hippie itch), and Adrienne’s adorable dog Roary. It was her first time at this market and I really enjoyed showing her around. I hope you enjoyed those fresh strawberries, Adrienne, and I hope the pups liked their locally made treats too!
There are so many vendors at SOTJ that it seems like you are always finding something new. This holds true especially at this time of year, when there is a new fruit or vegetable popping up each week. In the Spring, the arrival of the first batch of something new each week moves us along as we slowly build up to the fanfare of fresh produce that we will see mid-summer. This gorgeous pile of carrots joined the greens, asparagus, and strawberries at the market this week.
Also new this week was the South of the James Market Chef Demonstration. Sam Baker of the Hermitage Grill took his place next to Alfredo’s Honey at the east end of the market for the first time this week. Sam shopped the market, then prepared a fresh meal before onlookers, who then sampled Sam’s creations. On the menu this week was a pan roasted Empress Farm rabbit, marinated in oil, Bombolini vinegar, black pepper, sea salt, and Simply Savory’s Legend Brown Ale Mustard.
The Chef also prepared sauteed vegetables straight from the market stalls: yellow squash, carrots, Asian kale, Swiss chard, scallions, tomatoes, and garlic shoots. Check it out next time you’re at SOTJ and grab a sample!
Here’s what I picked up at the market this week:
- Beets (Walnut Hill)
- Radishes (Victory Farms)
- Broccoli (Victory Farms)
- Swiss chard (Victory Farms)
- Kale (Victory Farms)
- Turnips (Heath Farm)
- Cilantro (Pleitez Produce)
- Strawberries (Pleitez Produce)
- Eggs (Black Creek Farm)
Once again we have a ton of greens to eat – more on that later. Also, Kyle has been on a radish kick lately, which has inspired me to get pretty creative with them in the kitchen. I should have a good radish recipe to share later this week.