Today was the big day–I met Alanna of Veggie Venture and Kate of CooknKate at the downtown St. Paul Farmer’s Market, for a first-time “skin-on” meeting, a cuppa joe, and a very pleasant veggie-acquisition mission. It was an unqualified success! We had a very nice chat over coffee at a coffee house adjacent to the Market, then proceeded on to spend the big bucks (in my case, $19) on a beauteous selection of fresh vegetables.
I will confess that between Kate and her culinary school and Alanna and her years of food-writing, I felt like a babe-in-the-woods in regards to my cooking knowledge. (“What do you do with parsnips?”) But it was wonderful to meet these charming women and have a chance to peek into their brains as they shopped.
For my $19, I got nearly 2 pounds of green beans, a bunch of Anaheim peppers, several bell peppers in a variety of colors, including purple (!), parsnips (a first for me), a handful of very homely but incredibly tasty Peruvian Purple Potatoes (the ugly little fingerlings above the parsnips–they are an heirloom variety), a head of the most beautiful broccoli I’ve seen in years, and a large basket full of fresh beets. Also, Alanna sent us each home with a bottle of wine from one of the wineries in Missouri–I brought home a “Country White” from St. James Winery, and the description on the bottle–”bursting with sweet apple and pear flavors” was spot on. It was sweeter than I normally like, but I did like it, and it paired well with my roast chicken and fall root vegetables (the parsnips, beets, and Peruvian Purple Potatoes–say all that 4 times fast!)
If I haven’t convinced you with my previous ravings about the Farmer’s Market, please take another look at my beautiful veggies in the photo, and Get Thee Hence To a Nunner…er…To a Farmer’s Market!
Big thanks to Alanna and Kate for meeting and for a lovely morning.