First market of the season! My addiction to Pickled Silly started at the winter market and spilled right on into the first day of the main season, on which I also score a “Phantom From Space” cupcake from Atomic Bakery, much to my delight.
Reginald’s Homemade Peanut Butter enters my life, vows never to leave. Also tatsoi from Broadfork, and I spy breakfast radishes juuust out of the frame on the right.
Love affair with baby squash begins here and lasts ALL SUMMER LONG. I could eat them every day. This was a day I worked with Pizza Tonight, so lots of trading, including trades for bratwurst, pickled okra, cupcakes, and strawberries.
- May 25
Ground lamb, fresh mint, and royalty raspberry jam from Agriberry, plus salmon and pickled breakfast radishes!
Pepperjack Guava Empandas from Hispania Bakery COME BACK TO MEEEE. Also, I spy garlic scapes.
One of my favorite hauls from a rainy Saturday – Oatmeal Cream Pies from Poor Georgie’s Bakery for Mr. Ganz, fennel garlic scapes, and baby squash, from Tomten, TAMALES, Vidalia Onion Bread from Norwood Cottage.
Bizarre Market popped up at the SOTJ this week, and thus my collection of tiny flower earbobs grew. Also, padrons!
Lemon cucumber from my buds at Origins! And look at that kale!
Sungolds and Blueberries mean it’s almost July!!! SUMMER! BASEBALL! TOMATOES!!!
Hitting summer stride with most of the usual suspects.
A trading Saturday in which I score corn, tomatoes, potatoes, salmon, leeks, eggplant, peaches, MORE EARRINGS, and a Capital of the Confectionary t-shirt for Lily from Real Richmond Tours.
The season of eggplant is fully upon us. It is a near daily sight. Also, ALL THE BASIL.
Long beans, eggs, cupcakes, tomatoes and squash for days, more and more eggplant, arugula, garlic, tamales, and a wee ham.
Tomatillos! Tarragon! And a cute little succulent that I’ve already killed…
This was another favorite, featuring an RVA shirt for LBG and a healthy haul of tomatoes and cupcakes. Also, peep the smoked tomatoes from Cabbage Hill Farm. Genius!
The nectarines end up in an awesome crumble, and I think this is the week that Bill Foster changes my life with his Asian BBQ sausage. Thank you, Bill. Dulce de leche cookies for Mr. Ganz. Sullivan’s Pond Tidewater Goat Cheese for a hostess gift!
This is a Mr. Ganz market haul shot exclusive! The coolest part of this haul is the Perilla, aka Sesame Leaves, from Broadfork Farm in the top left corner. Janet told me that when an elderly Korean customer saw them, she was moved to tears. She hand wrote the name in Korean on each bag! I used mine to make little Korean BBQ rice wrappy things, and they were amazing, fennely, similar to shiso but then…different!
With fresh Ginger from Casselmonte Farm and a “Pumpkin Tree” from Amelia Soap & Herb Co, this haul was pretty special. Also honey and a honeycomb candle from a brand new vendor, Just Bee Kind. Aaaand Smoked Tomato Goat Cheese from Cabbage Hill Farm. That’s cilantro in the bag and ground lamb on the right. I ran out of money before I got to Barham’s this week!
Lily was a constant companion for each market visit, and quite possibly the best thing that happened during this project was that Lily started “helping” me with my market shot. It was pretty fun going through each piece of the haul with her, talking about who we bought it from and who we saw at the market. GUH look at all those greens!
These chinese eggplant were SO GOOD. I mastered a spicy eggplant preparation that had eluded me all summer. I see two packs of Asian BBQ sausage, a feeble attempt to make it last past the weekend.
We gave Barham’s hot crab muffins a try and loaded up on berries, broccoli, and brussel sprouts, plus sweet potatoes from Crumptown and Golden Delicious Apple Butter from Bella Grove. Oh and a persimmon from some guy with a box of persimmons whom I never saw again.
This was my first time getting Cavana pasta, and it was a big win with Mr. Ganz, who insisted on getting those two little chocolate bars for me before eventually eating them himself. Last week for fresh ginger!
I loved this market and its resulting haul, full of herbs, lettuce, gifts, romanesco, the tastiest spinach ever, and the last tamales of the season. Hasta luego, mi amor!
The last haul of the season was totally different from any before it – bok choy (Brian from Tomten peer pressured me,) baby dikon, carrots, red kale from Walnut Hill, delicious oyster mushrooms from Eli’s greens, and A DUCK from my Tomten buddies. That duck turned into two meals – crispy duck breasts with balsamic sauce and duck confit spring rolls. Plus a darling cactus/succulent terrarium for my Dad that he accidentally left at my house, so oh well, a darling cactus/succulent terrarium for ME.