This will be my last farmer’s market post of the year. While there is one more Saturday market before Christmas – I won’t be able to attend because of a previous engagement. The Edenton Farmer’s Market will start back up in January with an indoor market on the second and fourth Saturdays of January, February, and March. I’m going to try to be a vendor at least once a month to help continue to showcase my brand (and with plans to create something deliciously edible soon).
I did super good, spending wise, at the market this time. I spent $39.48, slightly under my $40 goal.
So here is what I purchased from the farmer’s market:
Hot Italian Sausage – Will be used in spaghetti soon
2 mini loaves of banana/pineapple/walnut bread
3 bars of soap from a vendor that supported me in return
a handmade winter hat ornament (only $1!!)
4 pack of oreo truffles
3 rabbit ears for the dogs
Package of English walnuts
Beets (I’m think Chioggia because of how they looked when I cut into them – see below)
I also volunteered in the kitchen the Cupola House on Saturday evening, making sure the wassail and cookies remained stock for the guests who wondered in while on the Edenton Candlelight Tour. The Cupola House is one of my favorite houses (I swear I saw a ghost in it when I was in elementary school) and the reason why I started studying herbs (they have a huge herb garden in the back). Even though I met some wonderful people, the major perk was being able to bring home a bag of cookies and a gallon of wassail!
I definitely went over my $40 budget this time. I ended up spending $50.50! But in my defense, there was a new vendor this week that had some awesome goodies. Also in my defense, I was working as a vendor myself so while I spent money, I made money. 🙂
So here is what I got from the Edenton Farmer’s Market:
Homemade Peach Vinegar – I love this! She also had homemade red wine vinegar available as well but I had to make the tough choice between the two.
Rabbit’s ear chew for a dog
Two kinds of sweet potato (Burgundy and… another kind)
Amish butter – Yes, it is a brick of butter. I let it soften over the weekend and divided into small rounds and froze those rounds so I can use what I need.
Sample of a shave oil to try (I love the smell already – lavender and sandalwood)
Along my discounted pork roast that I purchased at the grocery store the other day (encrusted with the lamb rub I purchased a while back from the farmer’s market), I decided to toss a bunch of vegetables in to roast. So in the pan below, there are carrots, sunchokes, turnips, garlic, sweet potato, butternut squash (all from the farmer’s market), along with potatoes and onions. I added a bit of vegetable broth in the bottom as well.
Friday night, I ventured to downtown Elizabeth City for the SPCA’s second annual cookie extravaganza. Located in an old jewelry store, there are cookies EVERYWHERE. For $5, you get to pick out any dozen cookies that are available. I stumbled across this event randomly last year but make it a point to attend this year.
The rain finally slacked off here just in time for us to have a gorgeous 4th of July. I spent most of the day indoors, starting my copy of “Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honey Bee” until it cooled off some and I could mosey outdoors. Mom and I cooked out on the grill. She was in charge of the ribs while I managed our grilled zucchini (picked fresh from the garden). We don’t usually eat ribs at our house, but mom had a fool-proof recipe from a friend that created such tender ribs. The zucchini were sliced and allowed to sit in Italian dressing for a few hours before being put on the grill and cooked until soft. It’s my favorite way to eat zucchini.
I almost didn’t make it to the farmer’s market on Saturday out of laziness. I picked up a bag of Carolina Plantation Stone Ground Grits and a balloon flower (platycodon grandiflorus). I want to start buying more produce from the market, but I am hesitant to do so because I’ve wasted a lot of produce in the past. I need to work on that especially since I want my produce consumption to be twice my meat consumption and I’m not there yet.
I received my Belgian Pearl Sugar in the mail earlier in the week, so I’m looking forward to trying this recipe for Liege Waffles.
This is how I spent the rest of my weekend: laying out by the pool (while petsitting), admiring our tall marigolds, and admiring the fact that my Bee Balm has a bloom finally! Also check out the neat herb garden that my mom and I installed a few weeks ago – that might deserve a post of its own.