Thursday, May 1, 2014

Twenty Dollar Thursdays, Welcome May

Welcome back to Twenty Dollar Thursdays! This week I am getting back in the groove of things now that Spring Break is over. Last week there may have not been a post, but I was sure to still head to my local farmer's market. This Strawberry Rhubarb Pie featured strawberries from Rodriguez Farms and my Homemade Minestrone Soup featured kale from First Generation Farmers and cauliflower from Garcia Farms. Our Thursday night farmer's market has opened for the season, and I am excited to head there tonight to check out the new vendors and pick up strawberries and produce for the weekend.

Week of May 1st:
This week I headed to the market with only $16 (there was a miscommunication and nobody stopped to pick up cash) so I made it work the best I could. I will add the extra $4 to next week's Twenty Dollar Thursday when I do my Mother's Day edition. I was able to get a flat of 30 organic eggs, plus the vegetables pictured above. I picked up these organic icicle radishes and purple carrots from Swank Farms, out of Hollister, CA. I picked up a whole bag of baby artichokes for only $4! I will be grilling them this weekend, yum!
Instead of kale, I picked up a bunch of swiss chard from First Generation Farmers. I have been swinging by to visit these guys almost every week. They are a community farm that offers education and volunteer opportunities to those interested in changing our current food system. They are currently running a campaign on IndieGoGo to raise $50,000 to transform their farming practices on their 50 acre farm and classify the crops produced as 100% organic.

The Breakdown:
Eggs $7 for 30 count
Baby Artichokes $4 for bag of 10
Swiss Chard $2
Purple Carrots $2
Icicle Radishes $1

This week's meal plan includes
Grilled Artichokes with Sundried Tomato Aioli
Warm chard salad with carrots and raisins, inspired by this recipe
Carrot Top Pesto, from Cookin' the Market
If I have a couple of artichokes left over, I would like to try to make these


  1. Yum! What a great meal plan! Those stuffed artichokes look amazing!

    1. I am excited to try them tomorrow night!

  2. I love farmers markets too - I have one up the road which makes my like much easier -nothing like getting fresh produce straight from the source.


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