This week I changed it up and sent Kyle to find our farmers’ market haul. I was helping out with the SOJ Market Chef Demonstration , so I was unavailable for grocery shopping that morning. I did manage to get a break or two to wander around the market, but Kyle had to do the deal hunting and produce gathering this week. I gave him a few guidelines and he did an awesome job! He even remembered where he got everything so I could share the grower info here as usual.
Read my recap of this week’s Chef Demo here. Chef Sam showed us a wasabi sesame crusted swordfish recipe that I bet would be great with Twin Oaks tofu for those of us who pass on the fresh fish. Also check out Kyle’s farmers’ market loot right here:
In this week’s haul. . .
- Mixed greens (Victory Farms)
- Mint (Victory Farms)
- Turnips (Victory Farms)
- One HUGE bag of spinach (Walnut Hill)
- Asparagus (Walnut Hill)
- Carrots (Walnut Hill)
- Strawberries (Agriberry)
The Local Difference
I have been meaning to share this for a week or so. For those of you who don’t get why local, seasonal produce reigns supreme, check out these strawberries. This photo is of local Virginia strawberries picked in the last two weeks. Notice how vibrant the red color is and how deliciously juicy these look. They are fantastic this time of year.
Now consider the strawberries you get mid-winter that are imported from warmer climes. They could be from California, Mexico, or even farther away than that, but they are not fresh local strawberries. Have you ever noticed the hard white centers and pinkish flesh? These strawberries are usually picked underripe so that they can make the long trip over thousands of miles to reach your grocery store shelves. Strawberries do not continue to ripen after being plucked from the vine, so the color and flavor will never fully develop for these strawberries the same way that it does when they stay in the warm sun on the vine until ripe.
Start eating fresh local strawberries on the regular and you won’t even want the out-of-season stuff. They are that good! See also, tomatoes.
Have a lovely week!