Yesterday I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours at the Wednesday Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market. July yields an excess of riches and the produce always inspires dinner. Raised in Alabama, I’ve always had a fondness for okra–a charred okra masala was suggested by my friend, Alesia, who savored the dish in India. Perhaps. The Michigan-grown tomatoes have made their debut! My favorite tomato-bread salad, Panzanella, is a dinner possibility. Into the bag they go! Yellow beans, green beans, lettuce…whoa…put on the brakes. There’s always the Saturday market!
I was hoping to find fresh zucchini blossoms for stuffing but-alas- the vendor had just sold the last of them. The baby zucchini looked delicious so I purchased a container. Then I spied the baby pattypan squash…too late! I’ve more than enough. I’ll “blister” the baby zukes and serve them drizzled with leftover salsa verde from last night. Pasta or grilled chicken would be a nice complement–especially topped with some freshly grated Parmesan.
I am fully aware of the value, on every level, of purchasing from our neighboring farms, but I’ll take a break from my “green-washed” lectern. Simply put, I don’t know of a more fun or delicious way to spend a summer morning than at the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market.
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