Looking at these photos makes me feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy. Going to a different farmers’ market every week has been so rewarding and it has truly given me a more genuine understanding of and appreciation for the concept of “farm-to-table”. I see things differently now and I am so much more aware of my consumption patterns and how I eat and cook at home. Over the years, our freezer has become more and more empty as we make more visits to the market and rely less and less on premade, prepackaged food. We make a lot more of our food from scratch and our fruit and vegetable baskets and bins are happily overflowing with a bounty of freshness. Just the other day, we finally got ourselves a little food processor and I am wiggling with happiness at the endless possibilities of food we can make.
The markets have inspired me and they’ve also inspired the creative juices. My mum and I have gotten into the habit of brainstorming ideas on how to incorporate whatever I bring home from the market into a meal for the family and it’s been a lot of fun. I always go into every farmers’ market visit with an open mind. No matter how big or small the market is, I make it a point to bring home something awesome, something we can use to make a great meal. The baby eggplants I bought at the East York market were turned into roasted eggplant parmesan melts, the baby potatoes I bought at the Queens Quay market were used into a giant Canada Day picnic salad, and the baby zucchinis I bought last week were used to make this colurful summer salad! We used romaine, arugula, radicchio, red leaf lettuce, and baby spinach along with grape tomatoes, and our zucchinis. I loved the cute yellow ones so much and it was so satisfying making this salad because it got my brother to eat his vegetables – willingly 😀 As a boy who isn’t very fond of veggies, he did a complete 180 on us while he was eating this. He was scarfing plates and plates of this and it made me feel so good when he said to me, between mouthfuls, “I like zucchini, this is good!”. Score one for Deb 😉