It’s an absolutely lovely time of year at the market. Mostly warm sunny mornings (despite our reletively nonexistent summer this year) and a banquet of all sorts of fresh fruit and veg.
Cindy, I’m hoping you can help me with the little squashes that are centre bottom on the photo. The farmer/stall holder told me that they are from South Africa. I think he called them ‘gem squash’ and said South African’s often have them as a carbohydrate replacement. I’d never seen them before but trying new things is half the fun of the farmers’ markets. The farmer told me he cuts them in half, scoops out the seeds, stuffs them and bakes them or microwaves them. Cindy, is that how they’re cooked in South Africa? We baked them and they were lovely, I’ll do a follow up post just on the squash.
Oh and look at all that meat. It was buy 4 bags of mincemeat (about 500 g each) and get the fifth free. I couldn’t resist! I’m such a sucker for a deal when it comes to good food.
And starting to supplement with lots of veg from our garden. Carrots, lettuce, lots of herbs, spring onions, our garlic, amaranth and radishes. Hmm maybe I should do a post on our amaranth too? I tried it last year at the Farmers’ market and loved it, so was determined to grow it this year. It’s fantastic stuff and is loving our weird summer. Do you guys know about amaranth? Would you like me to do a little post on it?
And I finally had the courage to take a few photos of the market itself. From a distance, but it will still hopefully give you a bit of an idea of what one of my two farmers’ markets are like. It just shows a small section of the market, you wind in and out of the trees and there are stalls everywhere. It’s a really pleasant place to spend an early Saturday morning.