Saturday Farmer’s Market

Sep 15

I went to the Farmer’s Market in Plumsteadville on Saturday . It is a sweet little affair, complete with a small table of quilters,  a Bluegrass Band, 2 tables of fresh, local produce, local honey, some handcrafts, and a cute little girl in a NY Yankees visor selling homemade cookies. I chatted with the sheep lady about the birds using wool for their nests, and the efficacy of spider webs to stop bleeding….really. 

 I spent all of $10.00 and and my sack was filled with a huge bunch of Rainbow Chard, fresh garlic,beets (ummmm, beets!) and two strawberry filled butter cookies. Better yet, I carried home with me a wonderful, warm feeling of community, of small town life, thankful for my place here in this lovely corner of the country.

Whole Wheat Rotini w/ Chard, White Beans and Garlic

Put a pot of water on to boil.

Chop 4-5 big cloves of garlic and saute in 1/3 c olive oil until soft.

Wash and slice the chard crosswise, using a large part of the colorful stalk. Throw it in the pan with the garlic and toss around a bit. Cover it.

Salt water when it boils and dump in half a box of pasta.

Set timer for 10 min.

Stir the chard around and take a bite of a piece of stem….if its crisp/tender, shut the heat off & uncover the pan…if not let it cook a little longer

Open and drain a small can of cannellini beans. ( I know this is cheating, but at the last minute canned beans work) Add to Garlic~Chard mix

Bing! (goes the timer)

Drain and dump pasta immediately into Garlic~Chard~Bean mix

Season with lots of fresh ground pepper

Shave some Parmesan over and toss

So simple and so delicious!

Citrus Beet Salad

2 large Beets, washed and peeled and shredded on a cheese grater or in a food processor w/ the shred disc

2 organic oranges

Orange juice

a Lemon

Grate the zest of 1 orange, then cut away the pith down to the fruit, Cut the orange sections out, leaving the membrane that separates the sections. Do the same with the second orange (you can grate it and freeze the zest for another use later. Cut your oranges right over the bowl so the juice drips into your shredded beets.

Throw a 1/2 a cup or so of OJ in the bowl along with the juice from one lemon. Toss it all together and you have some crunchy refreshment headed for your tummy!


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