Monday Stuff: Farmer's Market Haul

I was too excited! I just had to share the abundance of color Jake and I picked up this week at our favorite Farmer's Market. I know for a fact that I annoyed Jake yesterday with my enthusiastic chatter about my absolutely perfect tomatoes. 

But, let's be honest, summer tomatoes are just unbelievable and I annoy Jake on a daily basis with my chatter about food. But he secretly adores it. Side note: he says I only annoy him occasionally, but I do "talk too much about food". 

Sorry, not sorry, because behold this beauty:

Monday Stuff, Farmer's Market Haul |
Monday Stuff, Farmer's Market Haul |

Lately, every week Jake and I have been really good about going to Little Italy Farmer's Market. We typically go every other weekend, or randomly, but lately we have been attempting to go 100% organic, and the farmer's market helps so much. A majority of this absolutely ADDICTING produce comes from JR Organics Farm. I did a ton of research awhile back on organic farms, and this one came up quite often, and I am happy to say we have been purchasing almost 100% of our weekly groceries from them in the last month!

They grow the most INCREDIBLE strawberries I have ever had in my life. They do not last long in our house. Case and point: we actually bought three baskets Saturday and one is already gone. I have been savoring them the same way lately: in a bowl with crushed macadamia nuts and a drizzle of sage honey. 

If you live in the San Diego area, check them out at one of our local farmer's markets! Or order one of their veggie CSA's! We are thinking about ordering one, but there is something about just going out and picking up each one of my fruit/veggies myself. 

Even though I favor JR Organics, I cannot say enough good things about all of the vendors at our farmer's market. Everyone cares about their product, and is more than willing to chat with you about what they have produced. We stopped at a fruit vendor and picked up our stone fruit and Korean melon and the gentleman running the stand couldn't have been sweeter.

You also find extremely unique items, like my favorite honey vendor. I didn't take a photograph because I totally forgot, but for the last two weeks, we have purchased fresh, raw, honey from Farmer's Daughter. Last week we picked up a honey that is from bees that feed on wild sage trees. It is hands down one of the best testing honeys I have ever had. This week, Jake got to pick out the honey and he decided on orange blossom, and again. Absolutely incredible. 

They have a sriracha honey that is quite frankly calling my name, but I have to work through my stash I have right now. Or otherwise I may have to create a "honey only" cabinet in my house. 

I think the best part of strolling through the market each week, is discovering new items, and scooping up the best products of the seasons. 

Like tomatoes, or summer squash. Or a crispy head of Boston lettuce that is begging for all of the colors of the rainbow, and to be dressed with a light olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 

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A quick recap of what we were able to haul out of the market:

  • Boston Lettuce
  • Green beans
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • White peaches
  • Lemons
  • Pursalane
  • Korean melon
  • Purple radishes
  • Yellow and green summer squash
  • Watermelon
  • Nectarines (the little baby guys in the picture)
  • Basil
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • 1/2 pint of Orange Blossom Honey
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We spent about 80 dollars on all of it. But remember, everything is organic and local. Jake and I can also offset the cost because we do not eat out. I know that spending a chunk of money can be difficult on organic food, but it really is worth it. 

If you cannot justify spending money on organic, try to support your local farmer's market the best you can. The conventional farms take as much care as the organic farms in a lot of cases, so supporting them either way is a wonderful way to give back. 

It also makes me feel amazing to know exactly where our grocery money is going. In most cases no matter organic or conventional, it will more than likely be cheaper at the farmer's market (and definitely fresher). Everything we bought this weekend would have cost close to double if we would have went to Whole Foods or Sprouts. 

Besides, you get to listen to live music, and smashing through the crowds of patrons trying to get the perfect head of garlic is just one version of my perfect Saturday morning. 

I have some incredible seasonal recipes I am working on with a few of these babies that I cannot WAIT to share. 

Do you have a favorite farmer's market? Do you have a favorite vegetable that you can never get enough of when it is seasonal?

Mine? Tomatoes. Hands down.