a Saturday market post ON market day. What a concept!
really thought I wasn’t going to make it to the market. Obviously I was wrong but I made it with just
half hour to spare till closing. Which
means I didn’t have enough time to peruse the stalls at my usually leasurly
don’t journal about it often because it is a staple of my table and it gets
repetitive but the one thing at the market that is a “must have” is bread from
The Bread Gallery. I cannot say enough
about this bread. My usual purchase comes
down to a bag of 8 rolls, then either their wonderful cheese bread or my
favorite garlic spin.
The rolls are a perfect marriage of white bread and chewy crust. Just the right ratio to keep each bite interesting. Ever so slightly sweet they are the most perfect little sandwich rolls. Even better, I love them for breakfast, toasted then spread with a little bit or butter or jam.
cheese bread is fluffy inside and crusted with a flavorful combination of
cheese on the outside. Toasted, it
becomes delightfully crunchy and I suspect, though I have not tested this out
yet, it would be the perfect foil for a bruschetta with fresh summer tomatoes!
then there is my Garlic Spin; a white loaf with a swirl of flavorful garlic in
the middle. Unlike most garlic breads
with huge chunks of garlic that you can only taste when you bite into the thick
piece, the garlic swirl infused the entire bread with subtle garlic
flavor. Never overwhelming the garlic is
none the less assertive enough to add flavor to sandwiches. Though, I have to admit that my favorite way
of eating thin slices of this bread is to brush it with a little garlic butter
and a sprinkle of parmesan. It’s the
only way to top perfection.
that thought in mind, I my first visit this farmers market was to the bread
stall. If nothing else I would have good
that, everything else was just gravy. I
was lucky enough to find good cherries at the stall where I normally find potatoes
because I just didn’t have time to comparison shop. The white nectarines, which are sugary sweet,
were out next stop. They came from the
same stall where just a few short months ago I picked up my new favorite
grapefruit, oro blanco. I had just
enough time to say a quick hello to the ladies in the stall and found out that
they have planted a new variety of white grapefruit that is even better than
the oro blanco. I can’t imagine! I do have to admit though, their fruit is
much better than it was last year. So
they are doing something right.
there, I hurried my way to find my favorite local Gouda Gouda
avocados and the corn were almost an afterthought. A chance stop at a vegetable stall while we
were trying to decide where to hit next yielded the most tender white corn. Alas, much like the fruit the corn will be
is only well into summer, when my family is terribly spoiled by an excess of
summer fruit when I am actually allowed to cook with it. Any attempt before that gets met with
something close to hostility.
my recent attempt at lightly grilling some apricots was met with grumbles.
But to be perfectly honest, I don’t mind over much. With fruit this good, why ever would you want to cook it?