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Farmer’s Market Doubleheader: August 17 & August 24, 2008

August 28, 2008

One of the things I love about the Farmer’s Market is the sense of community that it creates. At the Hollywood Farmer’s Market there are musicians sharing their tunes, grassroots politicians pitching their ideas, clowns painting kids faces—it’s both a carnival and celebration of Southern California’s cornucopia. And it’s one of the few places in LA that I always bump into a friend. I was away in New York City last weekend and the Farmer’s Market was a wonderful place to come home to this Sunday.

So I know you’re wondering, how much of all of these weekly catalogs of our food is because my stomach and how much is from the wife? We did a little experiment while I was away last weekend and the wife was left to her own Farmer’s Market devices.

For the week of August 17, the wife picked up flowers, eggs, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, lima beans, spinach, arugula, raisins, blueberries, peaches, pluots, raspberries, grapes, raisins, summer corn, garlic, and fresh ricotta cheese (which she welcomed me back to LA with ricotta gnocchi).

And this is what we bought August 24th as the la stomach-the wife tagteam: Peaches, pluots, nectarines, plums, apples, grapes, raspberries, avocados, charlynn melon, heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, spinach, leeks, red onion, summer corn, chanterelle mushrooms, Japanese eggplant (thanks to our KWB, Josh, who we saw at the market), basil, thyme, chives, of course creamy goat cheese from our friends at Soledad Farms who told us their cheese is so fresh, their trusty goats were milked and the cheese was hung only the day before arriving at the market!

As usual, we welcome ideas about what to make this week, so please send in your ideas. Who knows, you might get a dish named after you.

The “Farmer’s Market Bounty” series is a weekly, typological photo essay of my Market shopping, which charts the possibilities of seasonal eating.

P.S. How do we keep so much food fresh for a whole week? One of the best gifts the in-laws ever gave us, and the power of silver nanoparticles. But you didn’t hear it from me.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. cathy permalink
    August 28, 2008 6:54 am

    hello there

    how about goat cheese and leek quiche with walnut pastry crust.

    um… what is the orange stuff near the peaches

    Chicken mushroom and thyme cooked gently in butter and tossed through fettucini and sprinkled with shaved parmesan

  2. August 28, 2008 2:23 pm

    I had come across this recipe for Japanese eggplant. I haven’t tried it yet, but I am have been wanting to!

    Happy cooking and eating! Have a great weekend!

  3. lastomach permalink*
    August 28, 2008 3:00 pm

    cathy, i love all your ideas! and yes, my bad, those little orange critters are chanterelles that i already whipped into an earthy farro dish.

  4. lastomach permalink*
    August 28, 2008 3:02 pm

    thanks for the tip grace — i’ll let you know how we prepare the eggplant. looks like you’ve been cooking up a storm on your website — are you going to send me one of those cupcakes or what?

  5. August 29, 2008 2:03 am

    I just want to mention that the pluots have been to die. I’ve been buying a dozen or so a week and eating them all by myself. I’m obsessed. Heirloom tomatoes are the only way to make a Caprese, too, in my opinion. Yummy.

  6. lastomach permalink*
    August 29, 2008 11:40 pm

    Yes GGC, The Summer stone fruit has been especially yummy these days — eat ’em up before Autumn rolls in and they disappear. The Heirlooms went into a pizza from scratch this week. But we’ve been doing “Capresse” with Soledad goat cheese lately instead of mozzarella. If you haven’t tried it, make sure you get to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market this Sunday! Or try heirlooms with burrata:

  7. August 30, 2008 4:00 am

    I’ll send you a whole dozen cupcakes if you send me some of that yummy goat cheese that you keep picking up at the market. It makes me want to drool whenever you talk about it!

  8. lastomach permalink*
    August 30, 2008 7:24 pm

    Unfortunately Grace, I don’t think that would be carbon neutral! Guess you’re going to head out to LA or Mojave where the Soledad Goats roam the desert.

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