The best part of my Tuesday evening runs (at least from June to October) is that they end here:
Which means they also end here:
I love me a good Farmers’ Market! The best parts about this one are that the hours accommodate my work schedule and it’s within walking distance of my humble abode :). This summer I haven’t been able to frequent the West End Farmers’ Market nearly as much as I would like but last night I made it my business to arrive before the merchants packed up for the night.
Sweet Acre Farm is my fave not only because Jonathan and Charlotte (Sweet Acre’s super adorable husband/wife farmin’ team) keep the Farm organic and pesticide free…
…but also because they have excellent aesthetics. Nature does its fair share to make the produce look amazing but boy do these farmers know how to market (yes, you may chuckle, that was a pun):
Don’t they do an amazing job with the presentation? Makes me want to buy it all…but, alas, I am a single gal on a budget and, as much as I love my veggies, there’s only so much one girl can eat – unless she has wink-y dinner guests, that is :). So, exercising massive amounts of willpower, I restricted myself to some of those glorious Sungolds…
…and these incredibly photogenic beets.
In fact, the beets looked so luscious sitting there on my counter…
…that I had to sample one right away.
Call me crazy, but I love raw beets. Also, those tomatoes were just too good to resist (note: only about half the pint actually survived the 5 minute walk from the Farmers’ Market back to my kitchen, the other half was sacrificed to my grumbling post-run belly). So, what did I do? What else do you do with a bounty of fresh and wonderous veggies? Why, make a salad, of course!
Iceberg, romaine, baby arugula, cucumber (from my aunt’s garden), red onion, and the above profiled beet and tomatoes = the perfect late-night summertime dinner :). Thank you very much, Jonathan and Charlotte, for providing such delicious produce! Your green thumbs are matched only by your bangin’ presentation. You have in me a very happy customer :).
Do you have a favorite vendor at your local Farmers’ Market?
Anyone got any suggestions for what I can do with the rest of the beets? I’m thinkin’ pickling ’em or maybe even going the sweet route – beet cake, anyone?