It's Caturday!

I can haz farmr's markit?

Today was just a great day. I'm not done with it yet, but want to post a little photo essay of a few food & plant highlights.

Here's today's farmer's market take! Strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, kohlrabi, rainbow chard, sunflower sprouts and sugar snap peas.

I'm fascinated by the purple kohlrabi. It looks like some alien being.

While shopping we remembered we'd bought a bunch of broccoli raab last week and never ate it. So I cooked it up for lunch. Easy: wash and gather in one long bunch. Slice into 1 inch bits. Put olive oil in a hot Dutch oven and top with raab. Top with 2 crushed garlic cloves and some more olive oil. Cover and let it all wilt together for about 5 minutes. Then I fried it a bit more, stirring, to cook the thicker stems. I seasoned with hot pepper flakes, salt and parmesan. It was perfect--bitter, savory, tender, "healthy."

The St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum) is in bloom. It is a gorgeous buttery yellow. The individual flowers look like little fireworks going off. Just the epitome of warm summer sun energy!

Here's a wider shot of the whole plant, towering over a bunch of chives.

Hope that you're having a great summer so far. What fruits and vegetables and flowers have you been enjoying? Such abundance going on!


Alice said...

your farmer's market haul looks wonderful. I'm curious what you did with your rainbow shard? the CSA share each week has included that and i've just been cooking it up as you did with your rabe. anything else i can do? It's not my favorite green--but i'll eat it. Our csa shares have been a little sparse-but we're supporting the farm-this is just our bonus i guess. no peas-the rain here ruined alot of stuff. bummer.

"Prof. Kitty" said...

It's not my favorite green either--I tend to treat it like spinach and just wash it, then put it wet into a pot with garlic and olive oil and wilt away. I think your mother taught me that actually! I hear you can also make pesto from it, or put it in lasagna. hope you figured something out!