Saturday, August 06, 2011
To the market we go...
When I lived in Madison, WI, a trip to the farmers market was a weekly ritual during the warmer months. Every Saturday morning, regardless of how late we partied the night before, we'd crawl out of bed and walk over to the market to load up on fruits and veggies, cheese, coffee, jams and fresh flowers. If you've never been to the Dane County Farmers Market in Madison, trust me when I say it's a sight to behold. Vendor stands (approximately 300 of them) encircle the Capitol Building downtown, peddling everything from cheese curds and scones to homemade honey and grass-fed beef. I seriously miss Mad-town this time of year!
Anyway, while I have yet to find a farmers market that equals Dane County, I'm happy to report I found a solid neighborhood farmers market in Atlanta today. I picked up some delicious salsa, hummus and a jalapeno-basil-walnut pesto that will definitely be incorporated into several pasta dishes in the near future. I actually took a little of the hummus and pesto, added some tomato, red onion and avocado, and smeared it all on a piece of rosemary bread when I got home. It was FABULOUS! There was also a delicious-looking apple cobbler that I wanted to purchase. Fortunately for my waistline, I decided to be a be a good girl and make a sugar-free version when I got home. So I grabbed a batch of apples at the market, swung by the store to pick up a few more ingredients and will be trying out this Splenda-sweetened apple cobbler recipe that I found online. I'll let you know how it turns out, but I figured it would be the perfect dessert to bring to the BBQ we're attending tonight. I love a productive Saturday!