I get so excited about food! This morning was my first day back at the Phoenix Farmer’s Market (www.phoenixpublicmarket.com) in downtown Phoenix off Central Ave. and Filmore since my China trip. I was so excited on Friday night in anticipation of what I would see on Saturday. I knew that since it was November, that it was time for all of the winter fruits and vegetables to produce. What makes the farmer’s markets exciting? The people (both vendors & consumers), the organic produce, the price, and the weather especially in arizona from November through May! Furthermore, by shopping at your local farmer’s market, you are contributing to the state’s economy, which helps everyone. Many times people complain that purchasing organic food is too expensive. However, what I have learned through my bargain shopping is that by shopping at the local farmer’s market, you can save a lot of money and get better produce in comparison to both the conventional and natural grocery stores. So, if you haven’t found a farmer’s market in your city, then get on the web and google it!
This time, a new friend who I met a church, wanted to join me at the market. So, once I arrived, I didn’t see her so I started my shopping. My first stop at the market was (as always) One Windmill Farm (www.onewindmillfarm.com). This farm has the largest display of produce at the market. When I arrived I got so excited because the first thing I saw was collard greens!! Yeah, I have been waiting all summer for some beautiful and not buggy collard greens. I am not sure if you have noticed this, but in most grocery stores, even my favorite natural grocery stores, the bunches of greens are very small and full of little bugs. So, by the time you get the greens home, after washing and picking off the leaves with the bugs, you are only left with a small “mess” of greens–a mess of greens is southern country vernacular for one family serving size of greens (~4 cups of cooked greens.) After finding the best looking greens,I then added, romaine lettuce, arugula, English cucumbers, green onions, cilantro, leeks, butternut squash, rosemary, and dill to my shopping bag. We made our round to all of my other favorite vendor, Crooked Sky Farm (www.crookedskyfarm.com), they have the best okra and mustard greens!! I like Maya’s Farm also, but this week she wasn’t there; I typically purchase her baby arugula, which is awesome, as well as Tonopah Rob’s Farm, he has varieties of sqash, beautiful green beans (when in season), beets and juicy dates!
So after all of the shopping was done and the food was packed in my cooler with ice, we headed to catch the new movie, “This Christmas”, which was great! After my eventful morning, it was time to head home to start cooking!
Dinner was great! I cooked collard greens and my awesome gluten free dressing. Since I didn’t feel like cooking on Thanksgiving, I had a taste for it today and it was awesome! Only a few people have eaten this dressing and I have gotten great reviews. I can’t wait for you to try it when my cookbook hits the bookstores!