Yesterday was the day for our local Farmer’s Market. It is held in our charming downtown square every Thursday from early June to about mid-October. For being a small suburban Chicago town, we have one of the best markets around. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone walk away empty-handed.
I dragged along a little canvas shopping cart. Look what I filled it with:
It was the last week for fresh peas.
Tart cherries and black raspberries just screamed a jam-making session this weekend. Black raspberries have a short season so I may grab more next week before they run out. Look at those gorgeous colors! (P.S. I am not a hot summer weather girl, but how I love summer produce!)
So these were fun to find! The herb bread with an “everything” coating is out of this world! One stand had all flavors of roasted smoked peanuts. I knew immediately which one to buy – the roasted dill. Fabulous. Then at the “Apple Holler” stand I noticed apple butter, which reminded me that I had remembered seeing a recipe on the Smucker’s site for a meat loaf that used a little apple butter in the meat mixture plus for a topping. It turned out that was last night’s dinner: Apple Butter Meatloaf, fresh peas, and baked potatoes with sour cream and chives. It was so good! Click on the meatloaf recipe here.
I have some favorite canning and preserving cookbooks and set them out to make the jams this weekend.
These are two that I always use. I love that old Farm Journal one originally printed in 1963. This is the 1973 issue. I love Concord grapes and it has so many recipes using them. Couldn’t live without this book in the summer and fall! Look at all my notes stuffed into the top.
I hope you have a great Farmer’s Market in your area too. What do you make from all the fresh produce?