What a perfect day. Seriously. I heard a few complaints about how cool it was, but for someone who is always sweltering like yours truly, I thought it was completely lovely. Breezy, cool and sunny. I was standing at the bus stop later on my way to work, and I couldn't help but think about what an amazing day it was, and how I had to go and ruin it with work. Alas, Citibank doesn't accept sunshiny days in lieu of money for our lovely yellow house. So it was off to work.
At any rate, I took my time getting to the markets, stopping to note that my sweet autumn clematis was in bloom, and feeding the various neighborhood cats, and I made it the North Market around 9:30. I stopped to pick up my Elizabeth Telling CSA, which included lettuce, Swiss Chard, potatoes, basil, tomatoes, eggs, and radishes. Then it was off for some Toby Run mushrooms (he'll be out the next few weeks, fyi). I stopped by Toad Hill Organics, where I picked up some cippolini onions and these "Christmas" limas:
I also stopped by Rhoades Farms for a few more of those tiny little bell peppers (top of post - RW Sunday Supper attendees might remember them as the lamb chorizo-stuffed canapes). Husband and I both love those. I then went over to Just This Farm to pick up some Sungold Cherry tomatoes and a new heirloom variety of broccoli raab; alas, I can't remember the specific type, but it sounds lovely and Italian and might include "Toscana."
And then I meandered down to Clintonville, right through campus and the game day madness. I stopped by to say hi to my friend Jen at Snowville Creamery - they are at Whole Foods now, by the way. I also got some Italian sausage at Oink Moo Cluck - strange thing overheard while walking past, one woman saying to another in a disdainful voice "Sausage is poor peoples' food." I had two immediate thoughts: I didn't realized people still thought that way, and second, perhaps, but it's delicious, delicious poor people's food. I'm not usually so blunt, but that was about the most ignorant statement I had heard in quite some time. There was a time when money didn't really matter, but it was important to use the entire part of the animal because there was no method of cooling. Thus, curing became very important. Well, I probably don't have to lecture you, because I don't think any of my enlightened readers would ever think something ridiculous.
My Wayward See CSA this week included beets, sweet corn, Swiss Chard, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and sweet corn. The fruit CSA included apples, pears, and nectarines. I love nectarines, and was reminded of yet another great thing about living in Central Ohio - while nectarines are winding down in some part of the state, they are just beginning in the Northern Ohio Wayward Seed farms.
I have lots of recipes to work on this week, and I'm looking forward to cooking and sharing everything with you.
And what did you get this week?