Yesterday’s post about wild herbs and foraging got me thinking about mushrooms. Sure you can find mushrooms year-round in the supermarket, but I was craving something tastier than your usual Portobello, Shitake and White Button mushrooms. It’s hard to find the good ones in the shops like Chanterelles, Hen of the Woods, Hedgehog, and Porcini (my favorite). Autumn is mushroom season! Some foraging knowledge would definitely come in handy right about now. 🙂 I bet there are blankets of wild mushrooms out in the nearby forests waiting to be picked. However, It’s not very likely that I will be foraging this season (I’d probably pick all the poisonous ones HAHA). So I did the next best thing. I went out to the Baltimore’s Farmers Market this morning under the JFX bridge and picked up some delicious funghi from the mushroom stall. (more…)
I really enjoyed this weekend’s trip to the market. It was my first time at the 32nd Street Farmers Market, also known as the Waverly Farmers Market, and I’ll definitely be back. What I love about going out to farmers markets is that not only do you bring home locally grown in-season produce, you get to discover different neighborhoods and parts of where you live (for me, that’s Maryland) that you would never stumble upon otherwise. We parked our car along E. 31st St. and I could see myself living in one of the row houses there with the colorfully painted front porch railings. I also tell Kevin I could live in Hampden, Fells Point, Fed Hill, Mt. Vernon, Canton etc. Baltimore city always fascinates me – each street and neighborhood is so different from the next. Sometimes, I just miss living in a city.
July is the perfect time of year to find many great varieties of fruits and vegetables. We arrived with the intention to buy only a few seasonal berries and snap peas, and we ended up spending over $30 dollars on all sorts of goodies. We brought home peaches, red and black currants, gooseberries, blueberries, plums, snap peas, ginger, scallions, bean sprouts, kale, purslane and parsley.
Hope everyone had a lovely Fourth of July! We celebrated the holiday at a friend’s bbq stuffing our faces with good food and ice cold beers. I love how the holidays bring people together, especially friends from out of town that you haven’t seen in ages. We watched the world cup, played some outdoor games (couldn’t have asked for better weather) and I even learned how to play Spades. Well when I say learn, I mean I watched others play, but I think I understand the rules now. I think. I’m awful at card games, unless it’s UNO or Go Fish! I love playing Batman UNO with my nephews, we always team up against grandma (my mom). I know I know that’s not fair – but I still high-five my nephews when someone puts down the joker and makes grandma pick up 4 cards!!! The kids think it’s hilarious!
On market days, we try to leave the house early so we can be back in time to prepare lunch with our purchases. Today, however, we planned to have lunch at the market and left closer to noon. The extra sleep was nice, but we missed out on the one item I was looking forward to buying all week – a cranberry walnut sourdough!
This was our second visit to the Farmers Market in Old Town Ellicott City. By the way, was Historic Ellicott City always called ‘Old Town’? I always thought it was just OLD Ellicott City. When I hear ‘Old Town’ I think of Alexandria. It doesn’t really matter either way, but I grew up about 2 miles from there, you’d think I’d know this stuff. The market is set up in two separate car parks – Lot D and the Wine Bin. Don’t forget to check out both. On our first visit a few weeks back, we only stopped by the one in Lot D. We had planned to make a roast the following day, so I only needed some carrots and spring onions which I found at Down to Earth Farm’s stall and we spent the rest of the time sampling breads at River House Pizza Co. Their breads are amazing and the chef/baker/proprietor only makes them for the Saturday markets! We did bring home a baguette and an Italian herb focaccia and I really wanted to get the cranberry walnut sourdough and a pizza too, but I was being greedy. So we said we’d come back another day for those. And we did – TODAY!
Here is what we got today:
Spring onions with flowers, carrots, radishes (Down to Earth Farms), broccoli, potatoes, farm fresh eggs (Breezy Willow Farm) and cherries (Baugher’s Orchard).
I’ve always had a difficult time waking up in the mornings. But tell me to meet you at a farmers’ market and you’ll find me getting ready before the sun’s up. Okay, I’m exaggerating, I won’t be up that early. Let’s just say it’s one of the rare occasions I don’t hit snooze. This morning we went to the Baltimore’s Farmers’ Market and Bazaar on Saratoga St. just under the Jones Falls Expressway. The market, as always, was bustling. Whenever my husband, Kevin, and I go out to a market, we make a beeline for the coffee vendor and grab a pastry or two before we begin. However, instead of our usual cuppa from Zeke’s Coffee, I decided to try something new and got my morning fix from a Thai street food stall. It was a half and half of sorts, not the traditional Baltimore half-n-half of sweet tea and lemonade, but a Thai Iced Coffee and Thai Iced Tea mix. So refreshing! We walked the market a few times before finally deciding on which produce to buy.