Duck Fat Farmer’s Market Potatoes

Posted on September 8, 2013. Filed under: Breakfast Made Simple, Food Made Simple | Tags: , , , , |

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These are the gorgeous blue, red, and fingerling potatoes I snapped up at the farmer’s market.  I came home and fried up some of the fingerlings in the duck fat I’ve been hoarding in the refrigerator since my last duck dinner.  Oh my.  Fresh potatoes were made for duck fat.  That’s all I can say.  I had to severely restrain myself from eating the whole pan-full.  But by doing so I had the leftovers to warm in the pan in the morning and put fresh fried eggs over.  Oh my again!

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Have You Ever Eaten a Fresh Chicken?

Posted on August 22, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Philosophy, Photography | Tags: , , , , , |

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You are crazy if you don’t go to farmers’ markets this time of year!  Do you know what you can find right now?  Well for starters, these gorgeous sunflowers, gladioli and others!

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I mean, first, it’s a feast for the eyes.  Have you ever seen such beautiful gladioli, just rammed into old buckets like that?  I love it!

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Then there are the super nice people who sell everything!  They love to meet you and hear feedback about their produce.

Food - Tammera and MicahAnd here is the answer to my question in the title – a little birdy told me (actually a message on Facebook) that Dominion Valley Farm has fresh chicken again this Saturday at the West Bend Farmers’ Market (7-11a.m. – snooze you lose!)  I ate fresh (never frozen, was running around yesterday) pastured chicken for the first time 2 weeks ago and I couldn’t believe it.  It was by far the best chicken I have ever eaten in my life!  So here is your tip, if you are local, get to the market and check it out!  (If not, get to your own!!)Food - WB Market 4

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Cherries at the Market and a Rude Customer

Posted on August 20, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health | Tags: , , , , , |

Food - Cherries 1Where do start my story today?  Well, I guess right here with this gorgeous bowl of Montmorency Cherries also known as tart pie cherries.  You will never have the opportunity to buy these in a store because they are extremely perishable.  When I ran into a seller offering them at the farmers’ market I snapped them up.  While being in awe that they were only $3 and waiting my turn, I observed the woman ahead of me questioning the seller.  She said, “What kind of berries are those?” (wrinkling nose.)  He kindly and patiently explained they were a tarter, different kind of cherry and would she like to taste one?  Yes, yes she would, grabbing and gobbling.  And then guess what?  “Eeeww” and a dirty look to the seller as though he had offered her such inferior fare compared to the pristine Bings in the store.

How many ways could she have staunched her rudeness?  The ignorance of people at a farmers’ market can be overwhelming to me.  Ok, maybe you’ve never seen this or that, please try to view it as an opportunity to learn, to expand your tastes and to bring your over-chemical-laden body back to some cleaner and fresher foods!  And be nice to the hard-working farmers for goodness sake, what are you, a 4-year-old?  Ok, that’s better, I feel better now.   I guess I should be glad she was there at all, but I pictured her running back to the big chain groceries and being relieved she was in purity-land.  I thanked the seller profusely for bringing these tender babies to market.  It made my day, although I wish I had bought more.

004So, for the uninitiated, let me explain Montmorency cherries.  They are not truly tart, but very complex cherry flavor with much less sweetness than the more commercially common Bing cherry.  They are super juicy and health powerhouses.  They are also much smaller than Bings.  Here is my secret weapon to make them mouth-poppable:  a cherry-pitter.  A bit pricey considering I use it only a couple times a year, but the perfect thing especially when dealing with these little gems.  Mine never make it to pie or other uses.  I eat them straight and immediately!  If you see them at the market, please save me some!

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Are You Shopping the Farmer’s Market?

Posted on August 4, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple, Health, Philosophy | Tags: , , , , , |

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These are my potato and onion growers.  Not organic, but when I asked about chemical use I got a complete explanation of how this year’s weather conditions were so perfect for potatoes there was no need for chemicals.  I like knowing these people are on top of my potatoes.  I got fingerlings, red, and blue potatoes virtually organically grown for a song compared to the store.  They were grown right here nearby and I got to meet these very cool farmers!  They were so pleased with me they threw in an enormous onion just for fun!

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This is the guy who usually grows my lettuce, but today he was out by the time I got there.  He wanted to display his gorgeous fennel instead.  This stand is all organic all the time so I don’t need to ask questions.  He said, “I know you.”  I said, “Yep, I’m a regular and I’m the one who always orders 50# of beets every fall.”  Again, it’s nice to know the people who grow your food and to be known by them.

Food - Farmers Market 4So, are you shopping at your local farmer’s market?  If not, why not?  You cannot get this kind of produce in the store for as little money and as much flavor.  This stuff has not traveled thousands of miles, using up petro- chemicals and supporting big agriculture.  No, these are the small producers who provide the tastiest, healthiest stuff!  Get your buns out of bed on Saturday morning and get to the market! Food - Farmers Market 2

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