Thursday, May 07, 2009

decisions.



On Wednesdays, I am faced with the "problem" of "deciding" between two farmers markets. As I've mentioned lately, I look forward to the Wednesday downtown market, quite close to my office, but there's also the year-long market outside of People's Coop that grows come springtime.

Yesterday, I had a smile on my face as I had a real reason to stop by both.  I stopped by the
 downtown market late on my lunch hour for bok choy raab, red anjour pears and braeburn apples, but I also wanted garlic, so off I went to the next market at the completion of my work day.  There was no garlic at the People's market so I picked up some organic, purple garlic and a few other items in the actual coop.  At the market itself, I picked up over a pound of local shiitake mushrooms for $5.  The mushroom farmers at this market always have, by far, the lowest price. Maiitakes next time!  I cooked some in a yellow curried vegetable, seitan and chickpea roast last night.  I'm considering what to do next with the rest for two potlucks this weekend.  OoOo.

A sampling of shiitakes


I sadly hadn't been to Sip in months, so I stopped by for a Matcha Hemp Tea Latte.  It was delightful and so pretty!  I could see this becoming a habit, but in a few weeks they'll be replacing the espresso machine with the milkshake equipment, so get one while you can!  Remind me to!


Recent home-cooking.

Quinoa, chickpeas, spinach, kalamata olives, smoky orange tempeh, garlic and a bit of nutritional yeast.

Baked Smoky Orange Tempeh


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12 comments:

tahinitoo said...

I must seek out the mushrooms next time I am near the People's market. I shop on Tuesday, so it will be a special trip! Hooray for the downtown Wednesday market - even the rain won't stop me from going.

jess (of Get Sconed!) said...

Amy - definitely check out the mushroom farmers! Their prices in comparison to grocery stores and the Portland Farmers Markets (no offense to their farmers) are incredible.

Bianca said...

I saw you on Veggie Thing! I'm a dictator too. It looks so awesome. I'm in love the layout!

A pound of shitakes for $5! That is a steal!

Tami (Vegan Appetite) said...

Purple garlic! Farmer's markets! I can't wait...ours (all 4 booths of it) should be opening next month.

You sure put those mushrooms to great use.

Jenn said...

Do they really call it "bok choy raab"? I've always seen it as "Chinese kale" - definitely more like broccoli rab, and I even got seeds and am growing some now. Yum!

Jessica said...

Hey Jenn! There was a sign for boy choy on the table and when I asked if this was the bok choy, the woman at the farm stand said "bok choy, like raab". Anything works for me~

veggievixen said...

holy crap, baked tempeh??!! you are a goddess.

East Village Vegan said...

Fresh apples from the farmers market are the best. I live near two farmers markets as well. Decisions....decisions I say, when in doubt, go to both:)

urban vegan said...

holy shitake, it all looks fab, jess

Catherine said...

Beautiful mushrooms!

Lutz Jorg said...

Shitakes are wonderful tasting and good for you too! Getting mushrooms from the Farmers Market is the best. So Fresh. This chickpea meal looks yummy!

Melisser; the Urban Housewife said...

Ooh, I love Farmers Markets SO much! I need to get some Red pears!