For the last few months, I had been going through the farmers market motions without giving it much thought.
Mixed greens? Check.
More mixed greens? Check.
The occasional zucchini or eggplant? Check.
Grab and go… grab and go…
An Instagram picture from Spoon Food Tours‘ Caroline jolted me yesterday. One of the vendors, La Cosecha, was offering a vegetable seldom seen in my regular market rounds. What got me out of the house at 8am ready to brave the feisty regulars?
We just flew back from a quick trip to New Orleans (more on that later) and my fridge drawers were bare, other than for a few carrots and heads of garlic. After the trip to the farmers market, we are stocked with the following greens and vegetables in addition to the elusive broccoli.
More Farmers Market Finds
I also picked up a large bottle of honey from Apiarios El Pancho, a sack of compost, and the adorable little bouquet adorning these pictures. We’re ready to start gardening again. It’s been a couple of years since our balcony planters have yielded anything other than recao and oregano. Those herbs are hardy for the brownest, dried out green thumbs.
Sunday Fun Day at Old San Juan
After the farmers market, I had about two hours to kill before heading to my next grocery stop. Old San Juan was hosting two events during the day: Circo Fest, circus performances in all major squares of the walled city, and the El Morro Pet Fest. I had never seen so many adorable pooches in the same place.
I had to take off before the performances started to wrap up shopping for the week and begin planning the week’s meals. Here’s what our dinners will look like for the next few days:
- Gochujang pork chops, garlicky roasted broccoli
- Eggplant, chunky marinara with charred tomatoes, aglio e oglio edamame noodles
- Mahi mahi, green onion chimichurri, cauliflower and white bean mash
- Cobb salad with market greens (arugula, tatsoi, red leaf lettuce)
- Salmon, Gruyere creamed kale