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We welcome you to follow along on our crafty adventures. Frank is a farmer by day, jewelry and hand braided cord-maker by night. Jane simply fiddles with fabric and fiber any time she can. We share things about what we make, how we make it, where you can get it.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What Happens after market?

Sometimes people ask what do you do with the produce not sold at farmers market?
While some may think "selling out" and having no produce left is a good goal, I want to have some left. Some left means we had enough for everyone who wanted it that day, the late comers as well as the early risers.  Plus, I like to eat the things we grow too.

It can add some spice and re-energize one at the end of a long day to come up with a way to combine the produce available for a meal or to get it put up for future enjoyment.

Last Saturday we had a few baby gourmet zucchinis, basil stems, a bit of dill weed and green peppers left. 

The green peppers were no challenge, those are awesome roasted for later use in salads or omelets or soups or salsa. 
 OH yes lots of ways to use those.

Next, what to do with zucchini and basil.  Google to the rescue!  Found a great recipe for zucchini-basil pesto.  Here is the result:
Added a grating of Parmigiana Reggiano on top, omitted the pasta. Served with the one slice of GF herb focaccia that did not sell at market. (Yay on that too.) Olive oil and balsamic vinegar for dipping bread.  Tasty!

Dill weed is a summer standard in my kitchen, any left over from market simply goes into the vase on the kitchen counter.  This week added the vase of daisies from market to the counter-top. 
Not eating the dasies, simply enjoying their beauty in the kitchen.

Dill keeps nicely with the stems in water, looks pretty, smells good, and handy to pull a stem for munching, to add to salads or other dishes as desired.

Life is good indeed.  I always hope that people who bought produce from us at market enjoy it as much as we do.  

What produce do you like to buy at farmers market?

Thanks again for stopping by, wishing you a happy and healthy summer.


  1. Thank you for brightening my day!

    1. You are so welcome. I am thrilled to have done so.