I just got back from the farmer's market and it was like a foodie's version of Hollywood -- I saw David Kinch, David Evans and Michael Pollan. (You're lucky I got off my ass and drove down there, too -- I was all ready to go with a post about Darfur.)
I only had a quick 45 minutes but I managed to spend $125. What did I get? Mainly staples for the upcoming Eat Local campaign. I also splurged on a few treats, but I didn't get very much produce because my CSA has started arriving. Yay!
In my basket today...
~ Fatted Calf bacon, otherwise known as the real reason I dashed down to the market today...a life without bacon seems hardly worth living.
~ Stonehouse house-blend olive oil to switch over to cooking and dressing my salads with. It's waaaay more economical than McEvoy Ranch and they're on their way to being certified organic.
~ Spring Hill Jersey butter, salted and sweet, just made yesterday
~ Marin Sun Farms eggs. I am tempted to indulge, allergy or no so stay tuned on that one. I also wanted hanger steak but they were out so I ordered some for next week. (How cool is that?!) Farmer David's also going to have broiler chickens available for pre-order soon, but be warned: he's planning to leave the feet and possibly even the heads on. I spoke up in favor of headless birds, and he just smiled his charming smile, which probably means I'm screwed.
~ Iacopi Farm artichokes for a crab and pasta salad I'm making for friends next week.
~ Porcini mushroom pasta from the Pasta Shop. I know the flour isn't local, but the pasta is made fresh in the Easty Bay, which I figure is about as close as I'm going to get.
~ June Taylor Meyer lemon & grapefruit marmalade, and boysenberry conserve
~ Michael Recchiuti fleur de sel caramels
~ tomatoes (I forget where they're from, sorry! They were a splurge purchase on my way home.)
Next week I'll shop a bit smarter by checking online to see what produce is arriving in my CSA. I was afraid I'd end up with ten bunches of spinach and no oranges, so I didn't really buy any fresh fruit or veg, but then I realized they post the basket contents ahead of time. I'm learning, folks, so bear with me.