Friday, May 16, 2014

Farmer's Market Friday #2

First off, thanks to those that linked up their posts last week! I had fun reading and sharing your posts. What's a party without friends? Be sure to share the party so we can have more amazing links added to the party!

This week, I managed to drag my sick self to the farmer's market to pick up a few things for the week. This weekend we will be at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, so I only needed to pick up enough for a few meals. 

The Breakdown
Eggs $5 for 20 (GV Poultry, organic)
>>These guys have a better deal than the grocery store, so I pick up eggs from these guys every other week. We go through a lot of eggs in our house!<<
Strawberries $5 for two baskets (Vasquez Farms, organic)
Leeks $2 (Nunez Farms, organic)
Tomatoes $2.50 per pound (Swank Farms
Zucchini and Squash $1.50 per pound (Enos Family Farms, organic)
Blue Lake Green Beans $4 per pound (organic)

My meal plan revolves around what I can find at the farmer's market. That being said, it has to be flexible enough for me to change meals around at a moment's notice. I had planned to make roasted shrimp and asparagus (from last Thursday's Market) but because it was 90 degrees on Tuesday, I made a bacon and asparagus scramble and we had breakfast for dinner. I had planned on breakfast for dinner on Friday, but instead we will have a creamy leek and shrimp pasta dish. I still had a few apricots from last week also, so will be incorporating them into an apricot Dijon glaze for pork chops.

My Meal Plan

Egg and Cheese Breakfast Burritos:
My two-year old loves these and my husband can wrap them up and eat it on the way to work.
Pasta with Shrimp and Leeks in a Cream Sauce
Pork Chops with Apricot Dijon Glaze
Sautéed Vegetables
Leftovers will be great in a quick omelet for breakfast the next day.

Fresh Tomatoes with Basil and Olive Oil
Strawberries for topping yogurt (or ice cream!) or for snacking on
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  1. It's nice to see that you are buying organic from your local market. The more demand there is, the more farmers will produce it. Remember, if you stop shopping at the big superstore, they won't notice that you didn't shop there. But it will mean the world to the small organic farmer when you by their produce.

    1. Thank you for stopping by! I try to pick up organic when it is available, but do not limit myself to only buying organic from the farmer's market. I find the quality of most supermarket produce is inferior in terms of flavor, especially stone fruits, tomatoes, and berries.

  2. Hi Renee! Love your blog! Definitely be visiting again soon :)

  3. So nice to meet you. I went to high school in San Mateo. I lived there (Foster City) during my high school years. Beautiful place! I so love Farmers Markets. We did a post on it too here if you are interested...

    1. We would love to live over there since my husband commutes to Foster City daily, and it is beautiful!

  4. Hello, this is the first time I visit your blog and I think it's lovely. I try to go at the farmer's market too, but once there, it's sometimes hard to find out which stands are organic/local (I prefer local over organic) and which are regular.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! The farmer's markets I attend are "California Certified". Most organic farmers are really good about labeling product as organic or non-organic, and you can always ask the vendor. I love talking to them about their product if they are not too busy. I too prefer local over organic (I will buy organic if it is there, but it is not a deal-breaker for me, especially if I know where the product is coming from!)

  5. We have a farmers market right out my front door on Sundays, I just love going there, but I find things are way more expensive than at the store!

    1. Some things are definitely more expensive than the grocery store, but I find that the quality of the products is also better, so I don't mind spending a little bit more!

  6. Coming by from Facebook and linked up! Thanks!

  7. I totally need to visit our local farmer's market. The quality and variety is just so much better.

  8. Hey there! Sorry I'm late!!! This week I posted about a Mercado in a small mountain town. Sorry I didn't get more pics of food, but there is an ice cream cart!!

  9. I'll link up next week. I totally spaced on this week...sorry. Added to my party page and to do list.

  10. I love your Farmer's Market Friday theme. I can't wait to try some of your recipes. I will try to link up something fun next week :-)


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