Friday, July 25, 2008

Farmers' Market

One of my favorite summer activities is to spend a couple of early morning hours at the farmers' market. This week I bought tomatoes, sweet corn, and 4 lbs of green beans. Later I caramelized those green beans with onions and brown sugar. Did my family enjoy them? I don't know because I began picking beans out one by one while I was cooking and then went wild and licked the skillet clean. While it was sizzling hot. (They were seriously good. Srsly. Tongue bandage--totally worth it.)

And speaking of my gluttony, what is it about the flavor/aroma of tomatoes on the vine that is like nothing else? It's like you can taste the sunshine in them. Summer air has a certain spiciness to it, and it's concentrated in a vine-ripened tomato. I used to think I was tasting/smelling pollen, but I think I was just paranoid because pollen is odorless and tasteless. Still ... there is a "greenish and growing" nuance in that garden tomato that is not present in hot house tomatoes. Summer is glorious.

This is how you know time is passing. Instead of loading up your three kids to go with you to the farmers' market, you load up the ankle-biter. Here she is enjoying all of the attention she garnered, even though there were tons of BIG dogs there. Look at that giant bowl she's drinking from. My favorite is the one where Jorge is holding her because she looks just like she's smiling. The 1st pic of her in the wagon is now my desktop background.


26 comments:

Chatty Kelly said...

Entire skillet of beans yesterday, huh. So I guess today would be the non-eating day on the alternate day diet? haha.

Your pup is so cute! I have to post some pictures of my little guy in the upcoming weeks.

Glad you had a beautiful day!

annie's eyes said...

Nothing like a summer trip to get fresh veggies. Loved the Zoe pics.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

OK, Zoe is just too cute!

I love going to our local farmers' markets too. Fresh veggies, yummy!

Susanne said...

Wagaon rides and treat stations? No wonder she's smiling!

Those tomatoes are making my mouth water. One of our favorite stops on holidays is the last one we make: the farmer's market. It's not nice and outdoors like yours is. But nice just the same. My favorite thing to buy is a new flavor of hummus. They make about 50 different kinds, and it's fun to bring home a couple of different kinds that we've never tried before.

Laurie Ann said...

That's what makes the difference with "real tomatoes"...you can taste the sunshine in them! I love it! Your little one is adorable. I love her smile. Enjoy your fresh veggies and next time let the family get a taste of the beans, LOL!

My ADHD Me said...

I LOVE fresh home grown tomatoes. We have a few growing in our backyard. The county I live in even has an annual famous Tomato Festival. It's like something out of Mayberry, USA except it is attended by thousands.

Smilingsal said...

I haven't had a GOOD tomato in years!

Mocha with Linda said...

Wow. That's a huge farmer's market. And a huge bowl. Zoe could bathe in it.

Those tomatoes look oh-so-good!

Melanie @ This Ain't New York said...

So cute. Love the pic with the big bowl. She could swim in there! We have a garden this summer and my favorite part has been the tomatoes!

Teresa said...

I love Farmers Markets, but have no need to go to one since all we have to do is go out to the garden! I've been sauteing (sp?) my steamed green beans in a little coconut oil, flour and garlic salt. Oh, they are so yummy! They taste like breaded green beans! I don't think my dh would go for sweet green beans, but they sound heavenly to me!

Your little "ankle biter" is so adorable! Our dog is a bit more of a knee biter...or licker would be a better description.

Teresa said...

Oh, yes, I forgot to mention...there's NOTHING like the taste of a tomato fresh from the garden. I do not even like store bought tomatoes, but fresh ones have a totally different taste!

"MoodyBlue" Jodi said...

Umm Linda, remind me again why you are dieting??? Girl you look great! Enjoy the skillet! Mmmm green beans make me think of green bean casserole with those onions and mushroom soup that people make at Thanksgiving time.

Zoe is ADORABLE! I posted pics of my Harley the cat. I just adore animals. Zoe really does look like she is smiling and her "ride" is adorable. She looks so cute in it. That bowl was funny!

skoots1mom said...

oh, this makes me want a puppy!
She is so adorable, and she has such a pretty smile!

Melanie and I are thinking alike...she could definitely backstroke in that bowl! Kiss her for me...

Robin said...

I agree! Vine grown tomatoes DO taste like sunshine!
I have a salsa garden this year that is just starting to produce for me - I can't wait - homegrown salsa!
And little Zoe is so precious - I love how she rides in the wagon!

Breanne Vasquez said...

That looks like it was a blast. I wish we had places like that around here. What great pics - and funny that cute little dog gets the wagon.

btw - I do want to keep the shoes - if you have any ides!!

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

You've just convinced me to take The Dog with us to the Farmer's Mkt tomorrow and make a post out of it. Thanks.

Pam from alertandorientedx4.blogspot.com said...

She's just so stinkin' cute!!! Claire had an unfortunate grooming experience and until her hair has grown out some she's place a moratorium on published photos...

Marsha said...

What I wouldn't give for some Indiana corn and tomatoes. Oh, and a pot of green beans and some of mom's mashed potatoes. Make a pan of cornbread and you got me for life!

Zoe is adorable!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Your dog is so precious. I can't believe not being an animal lover that she has stolen my heart. What kind of dog is she? I would seriously consider owning one of her kind.

Yes, the smell of tomatoes...an aroma of heaven. I like to touch the tomato vines and then smell my hands. I just love the smell of the vines. :-) Weird, I know.

Lelia Chealey said...

Looks like you had fun. LOVE the pics of your baby in the wagon!!!
Every year I say that I'm going to the Farmer's Market and never have. I'm goin' tomorrow!!! Thanks for the inspirations. I like what you said about tasting the sunshine in the tomatoes.

Carol said...

Oh, what a sweet d-d-d-dog. See I'm getting better.

lisabella said...

Cute puppy dog! I know what you mean about summer tomatoes..I can eat them right off the vine still warm from the sun. I know just the scent you're talking about!

Kelly @ Love Well said...

Ummmm ... green beans with onions and brown sugar?!? I need that recipe. I usually do green beans with butter and garlic and white wine -- which is good, but your recipe sounds amazing. I need some variety.

40winkzzz said...

Here's how *I* know time is passing: One of my kids sometimes goes to the farm market *for* me.

But I would never take my dog. Not a good idea. Nope. She's not cute and little and well-behaved like yours. Especially around food. They'd never let me back.

Susan said...

Those tomatoes are just gorgeous!! Makes me want some. Trust me, they don't taste the same in the south...they're better up your way.

Mrs. Who said...

OK, I think we might be twins switched at birth, now that I am reading through your blog. I just posted this today on my professional blog: http://www.bluegrassmoms.com/?a=profile&u=68&t=blog&blog_id=459