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I’ve always adored farmer’s markets. Actually, any open air local market — farmer’s, food fairs, art/craft bazaars, etc. I especially love farmer’s markets in small rural towns, such as where I currently live, Watertown. It’s a great opportunity to shop and support local business/economy, and also a great opportunity to get some seriously fresh market goods. When you live in an area with a health food market (i.e. Whole Foods, Sprouts, Erewhon, etc.) you are afforded the opportunity to get organic and/or local produce at pretty much any time. In smaller towns you’re unfortunately limited to what your chain grocery store carries (which in their defense is always adding more and more organic produce). Our Summer farmers market here is great because there is a pretty good selection of organic and local produce (and other goods) for a very reasonable and affordable price. My favorite find in the past couple of weeks has been Greens-n-More micro-greens. Linda Lister of Watertown sells organic micro-greens, pea shoots, arugula, daikon radish shoots, and sprouts. Holy Moly, they’re the best. Additionally, My eye was caught by the beautifully brilliant organic purple cauliflower from another stand ($3 per head), and also organic blueberries for only $3 per pint (I never leave a farmer’s market without blueberries.  Lastly, I purchased a loaf of fresh made Spelt Bread because, well, who can resist fresh bread? Successful  trip to say the least. The best part of all of this, is getting to go home and make a delicious and fresh lunch with the market goods.

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Once I got home I cut up the head of cauliflower, tossed with olive oil, sprinkled S+P and chili powder on it, and popped it in the oven at 475 for 10 minutes. While the cauliflower roasted, I crafted the rest of my lunch plate. Im currently obsessed with the lemon blueberry micro greens salad that you see in the picture. I made it twice last week, ate it today, and will def make more tomorrow. Whether the goods are from farmer’s market or the grocery store, you should definitely recreate this salad:

What you need

  • micro greens and/or pea shoots
  • fresh blueberries
  • Tessemae’s Lemon Garlic dressing (or just lemon juice and olive oil)
  • salt and pepper

What to do

  • toss greens with dressing
  • add blueberries
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • eat salad

 

If you’ve never had purple cauliflower before, you should go try and find some ASAP. More flavor than traditional cauliflower and more antioxidants! This lunch plate I crafted up today was beyond delicious but also very easy and void of expensive, fad ingredients. Moral of the story today, If you have a farmer’s market in your town/area, I urge you to check it out and support local businesses/farmers. You’ll be able to discover great organic products from your area and likely for a lower price than the grocery store, and you’ll be supporting local farmers so that they can continue to provide organic produce to the public. Double win. Have a great rest of your week! — Meg

 

Posted in Easy Meals, Happiness, Recipes, Veg-Friendly

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