Monday, August 10, 2009
Farmers Market Trip
So, we went to the farmer's market on Saturday morning. It is nothing big, just a local market of about 15 vendors. Everything from fresh eggs, beef, vegetables, plants, breads, cakes and bbq sauce. The bbq sauce vendor seemed a little out of place (to me) being that he was passing out samples in shot cups while it was 90+ degrees. Don't get me wrong, I love that there is a local vendor for bbq sauce...I am on board with buying local foods and supporting the smaller companies, but I am not about to take a shot of bbq sauce while sweating up a storm in the middle of a park with no water on hand (or tofu for that matter)! As for the veggies, oh I could spend some money and time! I am a sucker for browsing food markets. I could spend hours just looking and touching and smelling everything they have! I was enjoying the heat and the smell of fresh from the garden veggies when the illustrator called my name and pointed to these...
The tomatoes were beautiful! These huge, bright red, sweet fruits were calling to us both! To me for a huge juicy veggie sandwich and for him a BLT where the slice of tomato covers the entire sandwich. Right next to the tomatoes was a basket of patty pan squash. I have never had them this big before, but I was going to try them. I figured why not, the squash would be perfect for the "cover the whole sandwich" theme! So, when I got home, I decided to get to work on some bread. I wanted something sturdy enough to hold up to the juiciness of the veggies. I made a loaf of my foccacia bread, but without the oil on top. I also made it in a square Corningware dish so I could cut the loaf in fours to make niced big sturdy sandwiches. Like this one...
I loved this! It worked so well! I am actually going to keep this in my regular rotation of breads because it goes great with a salad too. I will admit that I have a weakness for crispy breads with my dinner salads! I know to others, that seems wierd, but my lunch salads are different from dinner salads...I have a routine and I like it!
I have to say the best part of fresh vegetables like this is that dressing really is not required. I do a lot of salads with no dressing because I really like the flavor of vegetables. I will say that most people think I am crazy for using ketchup, bbq sauce and/or mustard as my dressing. All of which make a great dressing, if I do say so myself! However, this was an amazing salad with freshly grilled large patty pan squash and fresh home grown tomatoes (without any sauces)...I have found my version of heaven!

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