On Monday night we had the perfect, easy, late-Spring, farmers-market-just-opened-supper – a cheese plate, enjoyed out on the balcony. On Sunday, I headed down to CT to go to the opening of the Coventry Farmers’ Market with Nance and Bruce. We got there pretty late because Nance and I were coming from Lowell so the vegetable selection was a bit meh – lots of lettuce which I wasn’t going to buy because I will soon be in the throes of lettuce-with-everything when the CSA starts in a week! – but there were a lot of things to look at and, most importantly, there was still cheese available.
I bought cheese from two of the vendors, Cato Country Farmstead and Beltrane Farm both local CT dairies. Beltrane specializes in goats’ milk cheeses and I got an amazing black pepper chèvre. At Cato, I got the aged Bloomsday and a blue. There were samples of the blue available at the market and I honestly swooned when I tasted it – it just had to come home with me. To complement the cheese, we had some strawberries, grapes, pickles that Gist got at Mr. Pickle while she was in Brooklyn over the weekend, cornichons, and grilled vegetables.
I love grilled vegetables, they are so easy and delicious. Slice ’em up and toss ’em with olive oil, salt and pepper…
Pop ’em on the grill (yes, it’s a Foreman that looks like a real grill – gas and charcoal grills are verboten)…
Fortify yourself with a beer while grillin’…
And enjoy! It’s as simple as that!
I also have some grocery lists to share and a huge recipe backlog that includes vegetable lasagna, a creamy leek and blue cheese soup and a zucchini-lemon pasta. I also came home from CT with more of Nance’s rhubarb (free rhubarb makes me happy) so the Rhubarb-Lentil Soup is on the menu for tonight. I am actually going to make a double batch and freeze half – it’s that good!
On to the lists…
June 1st 2009 – Market Basket
- 2.49 lbs. zucchini for $2.96
- 4 lemons for $1
- 1 wedge of Pecorino Romano for $6.50
- 1 pint of Haagen Daas Brown Sugar ice cream for $2.99
- 1 quart of whole milk for $1.49
- 1 pint of heavy cream for $1.49
- 1 box of spaghetti for $1
- 1 box of bittersweet chocolate for $2
- 1 jar of poppy seeds for $2.49
- 1 box of cornstarch for $.99
Total? $22.91. This made zucchini-lemon pasta, chocolate blackout pudding for Tuesday potluck and poppy bagels.
June 6th 2009 – Hannaford
- 1 jar of pine nuts for $4.99
- 1 box of ditalini for $.87
- 1 can of great northern beans for $.54
- 1 pint of grape tomatoes for $2.29
- 1 cucumber for $.49
- 3 shallots for $.31
- 1 pound of strawberries for $2.49
Total? 11.98. This made a pasta and white bean salad, a strawberry cornmeal cake and the leftover strawberries made an appearance on my cheese plate. Looking at this list, I may have to re-assess Hannaford’s prices – I think a lot of these things are cheaper than comparable items at the Basket. Price wars – how fun!
June 7th – Coventry Farmers’ Market
Cheese – I don’t remember the breakdown, but I spent about $17 total.
Total for the week? 51.89. I made it under budget, but we did go out more than usual this week.
June 8th 2009 – Market Basket
- 2 portabellas for $1.64
- 1 lb. of green grapes for $3.52
- 3 zucchini for $1.17
- Fresh dill for $.99
- 1 red onion for $.37
- 1 lb. carrots for $.69
- 1 box of butter for $1.99
- 1 dozen eggs for $1.49
Total? 11.86. These were my grilled veggies.
June 9th 2009 – Market Basket
- 1.5 lbs. asparagus for $3.26
- 1 sleeve of celery for $.99
- 1 bunch of parsley for $.89 (mine is taking forever to grow!)
- 1 red onion for $.63
- 1 pint of sour cream for $.69
- 1 quart of vegetable broth for $2.50
Total? $8.96. This made roasted asparagus for the potluck last night and it will make Rhubarb-Lentil Soup today.