Fresh From the Farmer’s Market Blog Carnival #4

June 11th, 2008  |  Published in Blog Carnival  |  7 Comments

Photo from Feeding Maybelle blog

My goodness! Another month gone by — busy as ever, and we’re just starting summer (always the busiest time of year for me…)! This past month I received more submissions than ever before, and these were the favorites of what I received. I hope that you’re able to spend some time exploring the thoughtful and informative posts that everyone has shared. Thanks to everyone who contributed!

At the Market, in the Moment:

Maybelle’s Mom sent an article inspiring artistic confidence — Photographing the Farmer’s Market. If you ever need a confidence boost about your photography skills, she suggests you simply visit your local farmer’s market :)!

Elra of Elra’s Cooking sent a write-up on the Los Altos Farmer’s Market. It is one of the four or five markets that dot the peninsula south of San Francisco, along with Palo Alto (x 2), Mountain View, Menlo Park, Redwood City, San Carlos, and others. I frequent it regularly for its wonderful artisan produce. If you do happen to visit the Los Altos market, Hidden Villa sells super delicious pasture raised pork (they’re also my neighbor!)

Valereee, the Cincinnati Locavore, offers advice on How to shop at a farmers’ market — it’s certainly a different experience than shopping at a typical grocery store for myriad reasons. There is also a very active comment discussion going on with a multitude of useful tips. Also, she sent a write-up about the Linwood Sausage Company, an artisan sausage maker in the Cincinnati area — Yum!!

Hannah from The Purloined Letter sent a lovely, minimally titled article, Warmth. Warmth speaks of the warmth of Spring, and its unique food offerings — asparagus, morels, ramps, pea shoots, mache/lamb’s quarters, and more.


In the Garden, on the Farm:

Carole from Fowl Visions offers an article about The Basics Needed for Raising Baby Chicks. Before I started this blog carnival, I hadn’t ever considered raising chickens, but her informative articles and website have lit a little fire in me, and once I have my ‘own’ space, I actually might give it a try! Thanks Carole!!

Melanie recounts a day in the garden on her blog Bean Sprouts in an article titled Gardening Leave. A 12 hour day spent in the garden certainly feels different than a 12 hour day spent in the office.


In the Kitchen:

Lavender Farms sent a recipe for Lavender Lemonade, an intriguing beverage I’ve never seen before. My main use of culinary lavender is ground with sea salt then rubbed on pork or chicken — I’m excited to try this new take on a familiar flower.

Katy from Sugarlaws sent a recipe for a dish that sings of spring — Sauteed Ramps and Shallots. I totally missed ramp season around here, but am going to tuck this away until next spring and give it a try.

Jen from Fresh Cracked Pepper offers Hey Diddle Diddle, a discussion and recipe for fiddle head ferns, a delicacy that until recently had to be foraged.

Chef Erik contributed a recipe for Roasted Parsnip Fries, one of those vegetables that is comfortable appearing anytime from fall to early summer. Parsnips I feel have a bad reputation, but are actually seriously delicious — I encourage you to give them a try!

Lalaine from The Cook Mobile offers a recipe for Angel Hair Pomodoro with Garlic Shrimp. With salmon season being closed here in northern California, I bet I’ll be cooking more shellfish; this recipe looks delicious and absolutely fresh.

Kathy, the Geeky Poet, sent a recipe for Vegan Heirloom Carrot Salad with Seared Oyster Mushrooms. I love both carrots and mushrooms, but hadn’t thought to feature them together — her recipe looks delicious!

EcoSalon sent a lovely seasonal recipe from noted foodie/recipe creator Vanessa Barrington for Baby Artichokes with Potatoes Fresh Herbs and Lemon. I live about 15 minutes from one of the major artichoke growing regions of California (Half Moon Bay), so all sizes of artichokes are widely available at the Farmer’s Market during the spring and summer — I’ll definitely be giving this a try.

Mother Hen, the captain of Ship Full O’ Pirates, sent a sweet story and recipe about her 8 year old swash buckler and how he loves yellow squash… but only in the form of muffins. Yaaarr! Hands off me’ muffins!

Eric Koshinsky, advisor on all things related to Meat Smoking, offers a recipe for a Dry Rub for Ribs. With barbecue season fast approaching (or already arrived), this site will certainly come in handy!

Thanks again to everyone who participated in this month’s carnival! I am continually impressed by the quality and breadth of the submissions!!

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