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Summer at the Farmer's Market

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Summer is probably my least favorite season for three reasons - heat, humidity, and bugs. It hasn't been too horribly hot this year and the drought is over, thank goodness, but the bugs have been particularly vicious this summer. But it's worth the sweat and bug bites to be able to eat summer vegetables like the ones in the photo above, which shows all the stuff I brought home from the Farmer's Market a couple weeks ago. What a haul: cukes, squash (green and yellow), peppers, eggplant, three kinds of beans (green, yellow wax, and Roma), figs, and tomatoes.

Not in the picture but something else I buy every week is cheese. Our farmer's market now has three local cheese makers who sell some truly delicious stuff that's almost as good as the cheese you get in Italy.

The October 2008 issue of Bon Appetit magazine has an article called "America's Foodiest Small Town" and it's all about my area (Durham - Chapel Hill) and has interviews with some of the farmers that I buy from every week. Pretty cool. I like this part:

"Durham and Chapel Hill—united by an eight-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 15-501—are best known for two things: tobacco and their utter hatred for one another's college basketball teams, the Duke Blue Devils and the North Carolina Tar Heels. But to many they are considered one and the same. And after spending several days meeting farmers like Stuart and Alice, visiting restaurants and farmers' markets, and eating up the wildly diverse culinary scene, I was beginning to think food—not hoops—was the area's outstanding asset."

It's pretty exciting that we've got such a great food scene with so much emphasis on local/organic/sustainable. I seldom go the supermarket any more - I buy pretty much everything I eat at the Farmer's Market and Costco.

Previous posts:

Farmer's Market Report #1
Spring at the Farmer's Market

Coming up soon: Fall! I'm ready to feel that autumn nip in the air but I sure will miss the tomatoes.


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June:

Fresh veggies make the bugs and humidity tolerable! :-)

That's so interesting that summer is your least favorite season. Summer has always been my very favorite season. I am not a big bug fan, but love warm weather. Those veggies look so deelish! I wish we had choices like that here in Hawaii.

Summer is also my least favorite season. In Arizona it means: heat and monsoon dust storms.

That’s quite a treasure of organic veggies! Are those heirloom tomatoes, the green and yellow/red?

Our growing season is very different from the rest of the nation; it's from October through May. Farmer’s Markets here are also seen during those months. There's very little that grows in the summer here.

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, this is a cool post. Those are some fantastic veggies! I love eggplant and squash and the ones in your basket there looks pretty good!

I can understand about not liking bugs and humidity too. :) You know, I can be in a room full of people and the mosquitos always seem to find me! I actually got bit by an italian mosquito in Ravenna last year.:)

I love the quote . . . and reading the article about your hometown. I don't think I realized how small of a town you live in. I don't blame you for not going to the supermarket, with great vegatables like that I don't think I would either.

I think I'm ready for fall too! Have a great evening and week Annie!

June, I agree!

Girasoli, I'm surprised that you can't get stuff like this in Hawaii.

Maria, yes they are called Zebra tomatoes and they come in both red and green (the green ones are ripe and sweet). I didn't know that your climate was like that. A long growing season is good but those dust storms don't sound like much fun!

Kathy, I'm a mosquito magnet too. Ugh!

You know, that article makes this area sound smaller than it really is. Durham and Chapel Hill are relatively small cities but when you factor in Raleigh (the state capital right next door), the Triangle area seems like a big city. Right now, the area is nice and there's lots of undeveloped land in between the three cities; my fear is that someday they will all grow together into one big horrible metropolis.

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