Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Rainy Day Bounty



A bit of rainy day here on the North Shore. Gray, a little gloomy, but frankly, we need it. Every local farmer in New England needs it. The Bingham backyard patch needs it. It's been a dry and hot summer here in Massachusetts. Keeping our little garden alive through it all has been a challenge (and one that my delightful husband has taken and conquered valiantly). I can't even imagine if you're a working, sustainable farm how you get through the long months without rain. It doesn't seem to phase them though. The trip to Newburyport Farmers' Market this morning was full of produce coming in every color of the rainbow.

This week's trip rang in at a stellar $16. Why so low? It's that time of year where I'm not sure what our own garden will give us. We're getting a good amount of tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. We might see another eggplant or zucchini this week. The $16 went a good way though: corn and watermelon from Heron Pond Farm, lettuce from Farmer Dave's, peaches from Applecrest Farm Orchard, ciabatta from The Savory Kitchen and a chocolate, brown sugar pecan bundt cake from Blue Egg Baking Co.

Where will it go? The corn will go into some kind of creamed corn with bacon. I keep seeing such recipes all over the place, and frankly, it sounds like a meal in itself. The lettuce will pair with some of the backyard tomatoes and maybe some of the ciabatta for a panzanella (Tuscan bread salad). The watermelon will become snacks, both fresh and maybe whipped up into a sorbet of sorts with the leftovers. The peaches... well... I'm still thinking about those.

This falls right into place with Loving Local week here in Massachusetts. I'm proud to take part in a blog-a-thon with other fine writers and cooks who love to cook locally. It's set up to benefit Mass Farmers Markets, a non-profit charitable organization that helps farmers markets throughout the Commonwealth. It's a great event run through the blog, "In Our Grandmother's Kitchen". I encourage you to chip in and help out your local markets by not only shopping there, but making a donation to the organization that strives to help them out, you can do so here. Take the time to check out all the other great blogs out there participating this week, and get some fabulous ideas of what to do with all of late summer's bounty!



Where did last week's purchases go? All over the place.



The squashes, both zucchini and patty pan, the potatoes, the garlic and some red onion went into a Potato and Squash Savory Tart. The leftover squash, onion, potato mix went into a frittata on Saturday morning. The jalapenos went into a quesadilla I made earlier in the week. The ground beef, some onion, some tomatoes, they went into taco night. The green beans and chicken are still around, they'll be dinner tonight.

I was impressed with my using up of leftovers this week. I had a lot of cantaloupe. After I had my share of it fresh, I whipped it up into a sorbet (sugar, lime juice, fruit and rum), thanks to a great idea by Mary of The Savory Kitchen.


I had plenty of cooked new potatoes leftover from the tart and not a lot of ideas of what to do with it. I finally figured with plenty of tomatoes coming in for fresh sauce; I'd make home gnocchi and freeze it for later. Cooks Illustrated has a quick and easy potato gnocchi recipe and you can freeze them by laying them out flat on a baking sheet, and putting them in the freezer for about an hour. Transfer them into a freezer bag and they won't stick together. They'll stay like that in the freezer for about a month or two.


This falls right into place with Loving Local week here in Massachusetts. I'm proud to take part in a blog-a-thon with other fine writers and cooks who love to cook locally. It's set up to benefit Mass Farmers Markets, a non-profit charitable organization that helps farmers markets throughout the Commonwealth. It's a great event run through the blog, "In Our Grandmother's Kitchen". I encourage you to chip in and help out your local markets by not only shopping there, but making a donation to the organization that strives to help them out, you can do so here. Take the time to check out all the other great blogs out there participating this week, and get some fabulous ideas of what to do with all of late summer's bounty. There are a lot of fabulous local farms, cooks and artisans out there who need your support. Just think of it like you're supporting your neighbors, because you are! I'll be blogging again on what I'm doing with all this yummy loot later this week. Enjoy and please support Mass Farmers Markets!
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4 comments:

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

I LOVE homemade gnocchi! It really is the best and freezes so well!

Abigail Cahill O'Brien said...

Your tart looks divine. And I'm with you on the rain - the farms need it, and so do I (so much easier to be productive on rainy days!).

Kathleen Valentine said...

Mmmmmm, home-made gnocchi!!! Love it>

The Bitch Stopped Cooking said...

This looks great! I have never thought of making homemade gnocchi. Thanks for sharing the idea!