• Canning,  Cooking,  Eating,  Local Products,  Other Writings

    September Eats {25 In-Season Items You Don’t Want to Miss}

    September is one of the best seasons for locavores. The peak summer vegetables are available by the bushel and the early fall crops are just beginning to ripen. Few other months offer more variety and possibility in Minnesota. Don’t wait another week to visit the farmers’ market or search the Minnesota Grown directory for a local grower. Here’s the A-Z list of fruits and vegetables in season right now: #1 Apples - Minnesota apple season came early this year because of heat, dry weather and early spring blossoms. Early varieties like State Fair and Duchess have been available for a few weeks. Sweet Sixteen and Honeycrisp are starting to arrive now and…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    Broccoli Economics

    A Holiday Weekend Conversation Friends: “We’re going to the farmers’ market in the morning. Want to meet us there?” Me: “Let’s do it! But we have to get broccoli. We need 70 bags.” Friends: “You’re going to buy WHAT?” Me: “Broccoli. We’re going to freeze 70 quart bags this year.” Friends (with the you’re-absolutely-insane look): “Sure you are. We’ll see you in the morning then.” The following is meant to convince the friends who joined us for the farmers’ market last Sunday that I am indeed not as crazy as I seem. And after four hours of washing, trimming, blanching and bagging this weekend, it’s meant to convince myself too.…

  • Eating,  Local Products

    Find it Local Friday: Strawberries

    Between the gorgeous weather this week and swapping out the old laptop for a new one, there hasn’t been much time to spend writing this week. I keep asking myself, “how’d it get to be Friday again?” A better question is “how’d it get to be strawberry season?” With the cooler start to spring I had thought 4th of July weekend before we’d see ripe strawberries. But with reports from both the St. Paul Farmers’ Market and Minnesota Grown, this weekend marks the opening for strawberry picking at many sites around the state. Pick-your-own strawberries are a memory in nearly every summer of my life. Growing up I went with…

  • Cooking,  Other Writings

    Saturday Sights and Salad

    Today was a stunning 82° and beautiful. Welcome to summer Minnesota. Thought I’d share some of the sights from my day and a recipe for a new Radish and Lettuce salad. Saturday mornings always start with a trip to the St. Paul Farmers’ Market.  The weather was perfect to walk the 5 blocks and avoid parking in downtown.  It has been especially exciting this year to see so many more people at the market choosing to buy local;  it has not been so exciting to have full parking lots by 9 AM.  Here’s my treasures from today. Notice that broccoli and radishes made their début this week.  One other note: Lorence’s…

  • Cooking,  Local Products

    St. Paul Farmers’ Market Opening

    Just getting home from errands and the opening of the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. I am finally energized about the arrival of spring (despite the cool rain falling this morning). The downtown market is now open Saturday 6 AM-1 PM and Sunday 8 AM-1 PM until mid November and filled with good things. Getting here in the first few weeks is my favorite. All winter long there is honey, meats and eggs as well as pasta, salsa and other preserves for sale. Slowly as the summer market gains speed, new arrivals appear: bedding plants, greens, and onions. I have to drop in just to make sure I don’t miss a…