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Fresh Produce from Local Roots Market

November 24th, 2009

I love my local farmer’s market, it’s fantastic. I enjoy chatting with the vendors and seeing all the things they grow. If I want endive or arugula I have to grow it myself or do without, none of the vendors at my local market carry the more exotic vegetables. If I want regular potatoes I can find them, fingerlings – not a chance. If I wanted anything but apples past September I was out of luck. I thought I hit the exotic vegetable jackpot this summer when I spotted one savoy cabbage.
Not so with the Local Roots Market. I spotted lots of arugula, endive, fingerling potatoes, bitter winter greens and lots of other interesting things. I mentioned yesterday that I was impressed with the variety of produce I spotted on Saturday. It was a hard choice deciding what to buy, but I finally settled on these things.
Four stalks of brussles sprouts and a big celeriac root. The sprouts we’ll roast or saute with bacon and onions. The celeriac is most likely going to be made into this soup.
These fingerlings were roasted in the oven last night. We ate half last night and the other half will be eaten with eggs tonight.
These oyster mushrooms will be sauteed in olive oil and tossed with some soy sauce. The winter greens don’t have a plan yet, I think perhaps they’ll end up being paired with a warm mustard bacon vinaigrette and topped with those mushrooms and some caramelized onions.
I scored a huge bag full of red onions and a few cipollini onions. The red ones will be caramelize and made into caramelized red onion soup to be enjoyed with a crusty bread. Some of them will make their way into braised red cabbage and others will most likely top potatoes and grace other savory dishes.
These carrots were roasted in the oven whole and we enjoyed them with a side of fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts, and mushrooms. I also bought a few more balls of hand spun yarn from Trinity Woolen Mill, I forgot to take a photo of them until too late last night.
I also scored a few bunches of sage which will come in handy for our Thanksgiving feast on Thursday and for savory soups throughout the winter. I didn’t buy any endive, I forgot actually. I have arugula growing in the garden so I didn’t buy any of that either.

What’s your favorite exotic vegetable?

18 Comments to “Fresh Produce from Local Roots Market”
  1. ruralrose on November 24, 2009 at 5:08 am

    wow did you ever hit the jackpot – my farmers market is lacking too, with only one grocery store an hour away i have to grow this food to eat it too – in this regard am most fond of self seeding and perennial vegetables –
    – such good pictures, what a nice life – peace for all

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    • Susy on November 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

      I love self-seeding as well. I’ve only planted arugula once. They’re even growing in my driveway.

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  2. Thomas on November 24, 2009 at 5:50 am

    It’s amazing that you still have a farmer’s market this time of year. It just goes to show the type of community that you live in. The oyster mushrooms look amazing. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at growing mushrooms. Hopefully, they were delicious.
    .-= Thomas´s last blog ..This Week’s Harvest – Spinach and Carrots =-.

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    • Susy on November 24, 2009 at 9:17 am

      This is actually the farmer’s market that’s in Wooster, not necessarily my community. It’s a 45 minute drive, but since nearest “good” grocery store is 30 min away, I’ll happily drive the extra 15 min to get local food.

      Our local market does got late, it just ended this past Sat. The only food vendor was the apple guy.

      I too would love to try my hand at growing mushrooms. Warren does it with success. I think a mushroom growing kit is a great gift for a gardener!

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  3. pam on November 24, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I’m seriously jealous of your farmer’s market!!! My CSA just ended and now I’m back to grocery store veggies :(
    .-= pam´s last blog ..Pasta with Roast Sweet Potato and Pasta =-.

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  4. Tree on November 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

    My market continues, but the local growers are fewer and farer between. I will continue to go, because I get my dairy and local meat there through the winter, but I miss the local growers. Wish we had an indoor market and dedicated fall growers.
    I will be able to local apples and pears all winter (from growers who store them), but they are not as good as when they are first picked.
    .-= Tree´s last blog ..Christmas is around the Corner =-.

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  5. Daphne on November 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Our farmers markets shut down at the end of October. There is an inside winter one that is open once a month off in Natick, but I can’t drive that far. When they are open the one I go to has a lot of exotic things. There is one family that just sells Asian vegetables. You can even buy pea shoots from them. We don’t have a mushroom grower though. I don’t buy much from the farmers there. I grow most of my own. I stick to what I don’t produce myself which is eggs, corn, apples, and strawberries.
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..2009 Overview Alliums =-.

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  6. Dave on November 24, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Nice haul! It all looks delicious. It’s not extremely exotic and not technically a vegetable but cilantro comes to mind.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..Persian Shield Propagation (Strobinlanthus dyerianus) =-.

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  7. Sande on November 24, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Everything looks great. Did you buy the mushrooms or grow them. I’m thinking about growing some in the future.
    My garden is done for the year but I’ll start doing sprouts in the windowsill again now.
    .-= Sande´s last blog ..Zombies and Kittens =-.

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    • Susy on November 24, 2009 at 11:19 am

      I bought the mushrooms at the market, I’d love to grow some but I haven’t jumped in to that area yet.

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  8. ChicagoMike on November 24, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Radicchio. YUMMY. Hard to find. Harder to grow.
    .-= ChicagoMike´s last blog ..First Seed Catalog! – Seed Savers Exchange =-.

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    • Susy on November 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm

      I’m was going to try to grow some for a fall crop, but then I didn’t have any space for it. Things take longer to grow in a shady garden – sigh.

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  9. Teresa O on November 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    I am envious. Even in the middle of the growing season the farmer’s markets here in the most nw corner of Ohio offer the basics, at most. There’s nothing better than a great farmer’s market with loads of options.
    .-= Teresa O´s last blog ..Apples, Pumpkins & Stuff =-.

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    • Susy on November 24, 2009 at 6:14 pm

      Exactly the case at my local market. I think this coming summer I may try to visit more of the area markets to see what they offer.

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  10. Morgan G on November 24, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Those oyster mushrooms are gorgeous. I have been a big, but quiet, fan of Chiot’s Run- until now. Those mushrooms could pass for flower petals! Beautiful shot.

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    • Susy on November 24, 2009 at 10:51 pm

      They were beautiful, and delicious as well. We enjoyed them sauteed with wilted bitter greens. On the side, the leftover fingerlings sliced and sauteed in local butter ghee and topped with one of red onions, which I caramelized.

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  11. Lisa on November 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    I just found you while searching through flickr. Your photos are just beautiful & I am so happy to see that you have a blog. I would love for you to email me for a couple of reasons if you don’t mind.
    I look forward to adding your blog to my list of garden bloggers.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Giving Seeds of Life =-.

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  12. 326/365 « {as I see it} on December 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm

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