Saturday, February 5, 2011

Farmers' Market Fabulousness

For over a year now we have had a ritual Saturday morning visit to a farmers' markets. Our market of choice is a good 20 minute drive away. This is also the closest market.

This morning things were different. We all dressed ready for riding our bikes to a new market that was opening today. It was so lovely to ride out bikes for the 20 minutes that would normally be spent dealing with impatient Saturday morning drivers, traffic lights and parking issues.

First stop was breakfast with sausage sizzles and bacon and egg rolls consumed, while I walked around and looked at all of the stalls. Bread, quiche, fruit, vegetables and preserves were quickly running out. I was glad we had arrived early as I think many of the stall holders had underestimated the turnout.

I was happy the Freshline Organics were there as they usually have a great supply of delicious fruit and veg.

I must say that my 'Find of the Morning' was a bunch of purple carrots. We can't wait to give these a try.

Being in my community, it meant that there were a lot of people that we knew that we were all able to stop and chat with. For many of them this was their first taste of a farmers' market and they all seemed fairly impressed.

I try to ride my bike where possible and recently purchased a fabulous quick-release basket. This simple bike accessory has already saved us many trips to the shop in the car. It didn't let me down today either.

This is where I now need some help. There were bunches of kale but I had no idea what to do with it. I have heard about people making kale chips but I'm just not too sure. I would really love to hear about what other people do with it.

Take care


  1. Your blog is lovely--I too am trying to live a little greener and am glad to have found some inspiration here. Not sure what to do with kale though! :)

  2. Riding to some farmers markets would be great.
    My last kale encounter was...
    olive oil, garlic, onion,cumin, coriander, small amount of mince, cook it through, rice, add some water/stock, chopped up kale leaf (not stalks). Like a risotto, slowly add the liquid in bits and keep stirring in between. Dollop of natural yoghurt on top and a squeeze of lemon.

  3. oops...I used a basmati rice too...

  4. Cameron, thanks so much for the comments. Your words put a big smile on my face. Thanks for following along.

    cityhippyfarmgirl, thanks so much for the kale suggestions. It sounds absolutely delicious. It sounds pretty easy too which is completely my style now I am back at work. I think I will need to take the plunge and buy some next time I see it. Our new local market is only every second weekend. I really hope that they manage to open weekly.

  5. I like kale cooked wih butter and served with vinegar and cornbread. Sometimes I put it in potato soup with red pepper flakes. The soup starts out with olive oil, pepper flakes, onions and garlic, add broth and diced potatoes and finally the kale.

  6. That recipe sounds great, Mary. It sounds simple and delicious. I will need to check up on how to make cornbread as it is not something we really eat. Thanks for the inspiration.

  7. I think there's some serious brain picking about to happen lol. Your basket - where did you find yours? until I save up for my cargobike (she laughs) this is the kind of basket I am after.

    Also one child will be riding to the train and needs a spot to stash the school bag. I checked out standard shops but think I might have to venture into a 'proper' bike shop! I looked on ebay they are about $60 with the basket and the stand/support - but the one I looked at doesn't have a handle like yours which I really like.

    anyway, 'nuff brain picking for now :)

    1. Hi Kristy
      I bought the basket from Bike Force in Woodvale but I have just had a quick look on their website and it doesn't look like they stock them. Give them a call anyway. Erin, the owner, is really helpful and might be able to find out about these for you and order one for you if you want.
      I can't remember how much I paid for it but really wanted one that I could detach and use as a basket on its own.
      Good luck.


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