Last weekend, I got up early enough to go to the Farmer's Market. I wish I would get up every Saturday morning and go but usually I am sleeping, out of town, or just busy. I made my wish list and Matt and I headed to the Cheapside Pavilion to see what we could find.
I kept my list simple but with an idea of what I wanted. I have to have a few meals in mind otherwise I buy a bunch of random items and then can’t figure out how to incorporate them into a meal. I end up eating everything separately and randomly. When we arrive, I always take one trip around to see what is available that day. Some booths are the same, others have some specialty items and I also like to price compare. The farmers usually stick close to each other's prices but you can still find a variance of 50 cents or so. I will definitely try to save 50 cents especially since food is the one thing in my budget that I spend the most money on.
I had to walk fast past the crepe stand. I haven’t tried them yet but I will one day when I haven’t eaten breakfast yet. The sun was blaring down that day. It was so hot, so I tried to make my purchases as quick as possible. Matt isn’t too keen on heat but of course I love to pretend I’m still in Fiji when the sun is blazing down my neck and making my back sweat. I miss being dirty at 830am already. Anyway, I found some great looking tomatoes, pickling cucumbers, and okra. Then I bought some local honey, peaches and cream corn, Gala apples, and peaches. My last purchase was fresh pasta from the Lexington Pasta Company. I have heard about this place but finally bought some. The selection wasn’t too good when I finally got to them but I settled on basil and herb fettuccine. I didn’t buy any eggs, they were $5.75 a dozen and I couldn’t drop that kind of money on eggs.
A few days later, I cooked up most of my purchases. Then I added in some southern cornbread to top it off. I loved fried okra, so I breaded the cut okra in some egg, then cornmeal and fried it in small batches on the stove. The corn was steamed, the cornbread was baked, and then I made some of Trader’s Joe mac and cheese. The meal was delicious and I had just as much fun cooking it than I did eating it.