Saturday, June 18, 2011

First Farmer's Market Trip of the Season

Today was my first outing to the farmer's market for the year. It was overcast and drizzling but I was intent on getting my strawberries. You see, it's Hood Strawberry season here in Oregon. To me, Hood's are my favorite. There's no beating their sweetness. They don't have a long shelf life (due to the high sugar content) and they get gobbled up fast. I got a flat of these lovelies (which is 2 boxes or 12 pints)!

They are so sweet fresh. No sugar needed!!
Since my garden is overflowing with greens, I didn't need to buy much. I couldn't resist getting a few stalks of rhubarb. I used rhubarb for the first time last year. Boy have I been missing out all these years! It's the perfect tart to hold up to the sweetness of strawberries. I'm thinking of fixing a strawberry-rhubarb something or other. (I haven't quite decided)

I also got daikon (Japanese radish) for my kim chi and a bundle of asparagus since it was local and I love asparagus!

To round out my farmer's market excursion, I got a chicken and asparagus tamale from the Canby Asparagus Farm booth. Mmmm......yummy!!

Hooray for farmer's markets!!


p3chandan said...

Emmmm..those juicy strawberries are mouth watering! I have one pot of strawberry plant but so far Ive tasted them only once and since then it hasnt bloom anymore! Must be our scorching hot sun!The tamales look interesting though...

Annie's Granny said...

Mmmmmm! Reminds me of when we lived in Walla Walla, and couldn't hardly wait for the Klicker berries! My older boys always got a job picking them just as school got out for the summer, so I'd make sure they would bring me a flat (or two or three) fresh from the fields. Now they're so expensive I grow my own, but Klicker's are still the best strawberries I ever ate.

Mac said...

Oooooohhh~~~~I want some of those straberries please.
I left a message on my blog about swapping celtuce seeds for Osaka purple, I thought I'll leave you a note here just in case you don't see my post.

scrapper al said...

If you like daikon, they're super easy to grow. I haven't grown them in a few years since my other half doesn't like them, but I may try again.

~Holly~ said...

p3chandan-I can vouch for the strawberries. They were soooo delicious!! I have some strawberries that I'm growing but nothing beats those Hoods for me. They're soooo sweet! The tamale was delicious too!

Annie's Granny-I've never heard of Klicker berries! I'm sure every area has their own sweet season berry. I'll have to be on the lookout for those!

Mac-LOL! Last year I had to plan a trip to Las Vegas (to visit brother and family) and handcarried a flat of mixed berries to them. My niece LOVES berries of all kinds!

scrapper al-You know, I was going to plant some this year but got a late start on the radishes. I thought they would be too hot by the time they were ready for harvest so I scrapped that plan. I think I'll try for a fall planting!