One of the best things about living in the Midwest is the farmers and their willingness to share their produce. I've been on a Farmer's Market Tour this summer (which will make it into this blog eventually). It's amazing just how many farmer's markets are in the area! Today, I had some errands to run on the south side of Springfield so I stopped by the Greater Springfield Farmer's Market located in the parking lot of the Battlefield Mall. Pictured here is the loot I brought home today...minus the whole-wheat chocolate chip cookie that I treat myself to every time I go to this farmer's market. They are SOOO good and only $1. :-)
When shopping the farmer's market I tend to want one of everything because it all looks so good. This summer, in my attempt to buy local on a more regular basis, I have had to pace myself. So I go to the market with a plan. First, I look at my menu for the week and decide what produce would go good with the meals I have planned. Second, decide what would make good snacks. Third, don't spend more than $10. The plan for the above food includes roasted corn with cilantro pesto (I'm growing my own cilantro and will use it for this recipe assuming the dang bugs don't get to it first!), tomato and cottage cheese for lunch, blackberries with our supper this evening, one zucchini for frying, one zucchini for baking bread, and cantaloupe for a snacking.
What are your favorite treats from the farmer's market?