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Eating Local Means Great Food!

| 7/9/2012 5:01:43 PM

Wichita Farmers Market 

Again this year my garden is a bust – the grasshoppers ate the bark right off the trees so I harvested the root crops and am enjoying one of the best local farmer’s markets in the Midwest.  Since it is prime fresh food season here in Kansas, there is much to choose from.

Last week I was at the farmer’s market just before the 7:00 a.m. opening and I could hardly find a place to park.  By the time I had circulated to my favorite farmers, lines had formed, particularly for tomatoes, and produce was flying off the shelves.

Variety at market 

I am convinced that the only reason people don’t buy many of the seasonal vegetables is because they haven’t had a very good experience either with eating some foods, or cooking it.  Sure, we all love home-grown organic tomatoes, but when it comes to squash or perhaps collard greens or beets, most wave a resistive hand and pass it by.  I have to admit those lumps of overcooked zucchini often served at restaurants are unappealing.

Don’t like squash?  Try this recipe that I learned from my New Mexico neighbors years ago – they also taught me how to roast the green chiles which are included in the recipe. This recipe is wonderful and uses the very vegetables that are ripe right now and that are so good for you – some onions, chiles, squash, and corn – and you can throw in some tomatoes if you like.  Besides, the name is fun to say and the kids like to practice their Spanish.

7/11/2012 6:00:48 PM

Joan, I agree. Eating local is the best tasting food there is. Hopefully I can harvest some of the growing produce from my garden. We really need rain. My water hauling is getting the garden by in survival mode but a good soaking rain would really be nice. Have a great farmer's market day.

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