A full load from the farmers market

I wasn’t really expecting anything from the farmers market this morning, but it was just full of good looking produce today. We loaded up our basket so full we could barely carry it. Now it looks like we have a lot of cooking to do!

Mike was excited to try gooseberries. The woman at the stand gave us a recipe for a cobbler, but he’s thinking about making more of a crisp with almonds. I don’t care what it is, let’s eat it! They taste like a blueberry, but more tart.

We also picked up a bright jar of strawberry jam and some of the best pizza sauce I’ve ever tasted from a local restaurant, Rock Power Pizza.

I’m really excited for these beans. Smitten Kitchen’s recipe for beans sauteed with shallots worked out so well I can’t wait to have it again. We also decided to try the purple variety.

We are so close to not having to buy tomatoes for a while. Our yellow pear tomatoes are just about ready to go, the purple cherokees are big but still green, and the other plants are full of not-quite-ripe fruit as well. After a long discussion about how it seems like it costs a lot to grow your own we decided that certainly isn’t the case for us. $15 worth of seedlings has become 5 huge plants that will produce hundreds of tomatoes by the end of the summer. I’d like to see how much it affects our grocery bill later this year when we’re buying less produce and making more of our own sauces.