It's raining melons at the market this week. The seasons' first watermelons and cantaloupes are arriving and they're ready to go... home with me that is. It's an interesting part of the season for our house. The backyard patch is offering up cherry tomatoes on a daily basis. Every other day offers up a pepper or an eggplant or a squash of some variety. It's really an exciting time I figure this all into my trip to the market so I know what to buy around.
It's Sunday, that means it's time to go over the bounty for the week and how much lighter my wallet is this week because of it all and what it is set to become. In total, including a $17 trip to the standard grocery store, I spent $54 and it will feed us for the week. At the Newburyport Farmers' Market I picked up the following: a cantaloupe (Wheelerbrook Farm), a watermelon, green beans, two onions (Heron Pond Farms), a patty pan squash (Colby Farm), two jalepeno peppers (Arrowhead Farm) , new potatoes and garlic (Middle Earth Farm). I also picked up a loaf of Cheddar-Jalapeno Bread from The Savory Kitchen (will freeze half for later). In total - $22 spent at the Farmers' Market. I stopped at Tendercrop Farms for grass-fed ground beef and some chimmichurri chicken and spent $15 there. The local Market Basket supplied the rest for $17.
This is all supplemented with the fresh blueberries I picked at Applecrest this weekend. Half went into the freezer, the other half into snacks and Poor Girl Gourmet's Blueberry Crumble which is a piece of heaven. I also have zucchini from the garden to play with and lots of fresh herbs. What will all this make? I have some ideas:
Zucchini, Patty Pan Squash, New Potatoes, garlic, onion - thinking a tart of some variety, maybe with mozzarella and rosemary
Chimmichurri Chicken, jalapenos etc - Some kind of burrito, or enchiladas (craving mexican this week)
Ground Beef, jalapenos - taco night, a favorite in our house
Where did last week's market and garden loot go? The eggplant turned into a beautiful Eggplant Parmesan with a side salad made almost entirely with finds in our garden.
It also turned into a new favorite, perfect for entertaining - Ricotta and Sage Stuffed Chicken Breasts.
The corn I used in the Corn and Chive Risotto I've blogged about before. The potatoes and beans all ended up being used as sides for a all-around tasty week.