Saturday, February 18, 2012
Winter Farmers Markets
Julien's Good Hearth Bread, Sweet Williams' smoked turkey and smoked white cheddar with a slathering of some pesto from my freezer (made from local basil bought during the summer) which will be turned into a delightful aoli.
Honey's French Toast made with Julien's Brioche and free range farm eggs. I love the color of those yolks!
Not to metion some RanCher goat cheese with cayenne & garlic, Riverview Herbs fresh arugula and some organic elephant garlic from... I never did get their name, but this week is definitely going to be spectacularly garlicky.
Halifax Seaport Market would be complete without a visit with the folks at Getaway Farm. Naturally this time there's a story attached. Normally I don't show you raw meat. It always looks better cooked... at least in my opinion. But, goes with the story...
Recently I wrote about my chat with Ben Andrews, butcher to Getaway Farm. That day, they were out of short ribs and I've been dreaming about them ever since. So when I went up to the counter, I was disappointed - no short ribs... again! So I told Leonie, Chris de Waal's lovely wife, she said, "just because you don't see it doesn't mean we can't do it for you. There are three beef carcasses in the fridge. " So Chris went out to bring a side of ribs. And Ben asked me exactly how I wanted them cut and how many ribs I wanted... and for me, at least for today... I wanted thinly sliced (1/4") across 3-4 ribs for a marinated BBQ Beef recipe from In My Mother's Kitchen (my review). Stay tuned for the recipe! Just another reason to find a real butcher near you and make him (or her) your new best friend.
I hope I've inspired you to visit your local farmers' market, and make friends with the producers. You'll never look back!