Sunday, July 13, 2008

It's Farmers Market Season!


It's my favorite time of year! The park is full of people, little shops, and lots of local food. I love summertime!

Yesterday, we headed to downtown Salt Lake, and shopped for some fresh veggies. We got lots of yummy goods- summer squash, green beans, tomatoes, beets, basil, and yummy local mushrooms..


The mushrooms on the top are "Hen of the Valley" and the ones on the bottom are baby Shiitake. The lady at the stand said the Hen of the Valley tastes great in a risotto, so that is what we made last night. Mushroom and Pine Nut Risotto, and steamed green beans and beets.


The flavor of the mushroom was very delicate, not overpowering at all, and it had a very meat-like texture to it. The beets were sooo sweet, it was my favorite part of the meal, and the green beans were OK.. but I wish I would have roasted them instead. I have some left over though, so I will next time.

I want to have at least one local meal a week, if not more. Now that there are fresh veggies in season, it will be a lot easier to. Yay for summer!

7 comments:

Katy said...

I love mushrooms, and that risotto looks fabulous!

Nova said...

Yeah for summer and great local food! Your local food meal looked lovely. We had green beans from the garden for the first time yesterday. My favorite way to eat them is sauteeing them in a really hot pan with a little olive oil, garlic, salt and red pepper flakes. Mmmmmm.

Love, Nova

Erin said...

Hooray for farmers markets and inspired meals! I've been on the lookout for more beets, I think their time might have come and gone already here.

LK said...

I love fresh produce from the farmer's market! Love summer foods!

Vegan_Noodle said...

Love all those mushrooms! Farmer's markets are the best. And the beets look sooo tasty....

kree said...

That produce looks great! Yay for fresh veggies!

veganf said...

Gosh I wish we had a mushroom vendor at any of our local farmer's market! I may have to start growing them myself those look so good.