The greens report & recipes

Today was the first day of the farmer's market. This year there are 4 markets in town, one of them is just a block from my house. This makes me happier than a clam, in spite of the miserable rainy weather. Walking 2 minutes to get your veggies, doesn't get any better than that!

If you're a local please support area farmers and artisans at one of these locations:

  • Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Kennedy Park (corner of Pine and Bates Streets)
  • Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Health System at the corner of Lafayette and Campus Avenue
  • Thursdays at Central Maine Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 60 High Street
  • Fridays from from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Great Falls Farmers' and Artisans Market on the front lawn of the Great Falls Art Center on Main Street and Academy Street in Auburn.

All the markets will offer fresh produce, natural meats, seafood, cheeses and dairy products as well as showcase breads, local crafts, and live music. There was no live music today but we came home with lovely radishes, cauliflower, onions and greens.

Greens, greens, greens. What do with them all?

Put them into smoothiesMy SIL introduced me to what she calls "Shrek smoothies" - green like Shrek. Then during my MIL's visit last month she taught me a new recipe, great for summer & very refreshing.

Barbara's Green Drink:

  • 8 oz young spinach, chard might work also
  • 2 fruits, peeled and cored - peach, apple, pear, large plum, handful of berries
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • thick slice of fresh lemon, outer yellow peel removed if not organic
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 tbsp of pomegranate or black cherry juice concentrate. I found this at the health food store, you could skip this and use part juice instead of the water

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in blender. Makes 4 or so large glasses.

Funny thing is my oldest and best veggie eater doesn't like this smoothie. My younger two who are more picky about their veggies love it!

Eating raw young kale: at a community fundraising supper

Napa Tofu Stirfry: with garden peas

For more ideas and recipes for how to use your farm grown greens & goodies check out Willow Pond Farm's recipe section. I am a contributor over there. I input the recipes that Jill, our farmer, sends home with our weekly vegetable share.


I prepared this Napa Slaw recipe using part of our 6 lb cabbage we picked up last time. Yes, it was really that huge, Brienne could barely carry it! I used 1/2 cup of homemade tofu mayonnaise to replace the mayo & yogurt. It tasted great! And if you're really adventurous you can eat wild greens

Rumex acetosella: lemon flavored "weed"
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  • Rana

    Rana on July 9, 2009, 2:43 a.m.

    These pictures look good enough to eat. I'm going to be adventurous and try the Green drink.

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  • Jakki

    Jakki on July 10, 2009, 12:43 p.m.

    I usually go to our Farmer's Market here just because but this year I am HAVING to go because my garden is producing a lot of NOTHING...

    That first picture of the salads...it looks delicious!

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  • Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom

    Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom on July 11, 2009, 4 a.m.

    The handiest farmers market from me is... get this... about a block away from where I work. ;P Unfortunately it's small, and the farmer's kind of drop off one by one in the summer lol. They're having a sweet corn roast next week though, I can't wait!

    I love your "urban homesteading" emphasis, and the great homemade soap and lotion information... Following now, looking forward to your posts! :)

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