Saturday, October 15, 2011

To Market, to Market or Our Week in Food

We're in full "stocking the larder" swing over here at Three and a Third Homestead. In addition to our weekly CSA box we also made a trip to a local farmer's market for a look see plus a trip to a local farm stand for a bulk purchase of potatoes.

Farmer's Market? Or "Farmer's" Market?
On Wednesday, we stopped by the Farmer's Market that is housed at our local mall. I know. I feel the same way, but thought we should visit it and see in person what it was like. Suffice it to say we probably won't make this a regular stop. It was very heavy on the crafty, home party sale-type stuff, plus Weight Watcher's packaged food. But billed as a "Farmer's Market." Yup. Out of about 15 vendors, I would say four were selling food that was grown or processed by the vendor themselves.

We did pick up some nice apples from Michigan and some lettuce and apples from the one veggie farm that is at EVERY market around here.

And, by special request of The Boy, we splurged on three little tarts. He choose tart cherry, pecan, and Dutch apple. Can you tell we don't eat much pie at our house? He was pretty excited.

On Thursday, we picked up our weekly CSA share that we split with a friend. This week it had plums, apples, spaghetti squash, radishes, kale, and beets. The picture above is our CSA's medium share, which we divide in half and share.

Finally, I headed out a bit to a farm stand a bit west of here. A couple of weeks ago I put in an order for a bulk purchase of potatoes and it was time to pick them up. When I got there, they also had whole wheat flour from the farm available to buy, so of course I picked some up.

This is what 20 pounds of potatoes and some flour looks like. It really isn't as many potatoes as it sounds. Since this is our first real experiment using our coal room as a root cellar, I thought it was best to start small.

Very little was produced in the garden this week. I used the last few baby zucchini in some "clean out the fridge" chicken soup. We still have tomatoes ripening indoors that have been added to various meals this week. Onions were harvested a few weeks ago and have been curing in the garage. I'll probably weigh them and bring them indoors this week. The fall greens bed is looking nice, with lettuce almost ready to harvest, and bok choi, arugula, spinach, and Swiss chard coming along nicely.

ETA: It was such a busy week I forgot to include the 15 pounds of Michigan sugar and 8 bottles of Michigan wine we added to the pantry. I sort of wonder what the grocery clerk thought ad she checked out our order...

1 comment:

Tom said...

I believe it is my solemn duty to give that young man some cherry pie.