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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Farmer's Market Feast

My posting has been sporadic at best here. With the wedding coming up, the last thing on my mind is recording our meals or even dealing with two blogs and The Couch always comes first...

So, last Saturday my love Nancy and I went to the local farmers market with her youngest son.

The farmer’s market is new in town, so it has not really exploded yet. Only three farmers showed with their wares, but there was enough to choose from, so we did.

We purchased some Okra, two kinds of eggplant (purple and white), some Heirloom tomatoes, some crowder peas, corn on the cob and some ripe peaches.

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When we got home we decided to go crazy with the things we bought.

First off, was making the peaches into something delectable….PEACH DAIQUIRIS! Into the blender went crushed ice, some rum, some confectioner’s sugar and a splash of OJ. Blend it up into a delicious frozen concoction…Yummo…

We sliced the Okra and Nancy battered it in egg and then dredged it in a mixture of breadcrumbs and cornmeal mixed with alt, pepper and garlic salt.. She then fried them to a golden brown.


For the eggplants, I sliced them about 1/4” thick and then did something completely different. Instead of a long process of drying out the slices and battering them and frying them, I took another route.

I put the slices on a cookie sheet which had a light coating of cooking spray on it.

The tray went into the oven at 400 degrees for ten minutes. I turned the slices and cooked another ten minutes. This roasted them to a nice brown color and also removed most of the moisture.

Then I took the lazy way out as I did not want to make any gravy. I bought some of Paul Newman’s Sockarooni Sauce as it has a bit of spice to it. I spiced it up further with some red pepper flakes and a touch of basil.

I took a casserole and put some of the sauce on the bottom. Then a layer of eggplant (mixing the white and purple) and then some shredded mozzarella cheese and some shredded Parmesan Reggiano cheese. Some sauce, some eggplants, some cheese. It made 4 layers.

This went into the oven at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

If you have ever gone through the details of frying eggplant, let me tell you, this was just as good with half the effort.


The crowder peas were put into a pot covered with water with some bacon and allowed to cook. These take about 20-25 minutes or so…just check them until they are done.

For some reason, we felt we needed some meat with this meal and Nancy made a meatloaf. It was a new recipe she tried and we both agreed afterward; we did not need the meat and the meatloaf was HORRID! For that reason, I will not give you the recipe.

Finally, the corn on the cob was a bit mealy, so that did not go over well. But the cornbread we made (OK, it was Jiffy from the box) was delicious.

Plated from the top:
the horrid meatloaf; cornbread; eggplant parmigiana;
fried Okra with the crowder peas in the center.

We will be going back again soon to see what else they offer. One of the farmers had a great selection of peppers that I want to include in a recipe at some point.

Do you do farmer’s markets in your area? Do you visit them and support your local farmers?

What is the one vegetable that you look forward to eating each season?

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Desert Songbird said...

What a beautiful photograph of the luscious produce! I must say, I'm not an eggplant eater, but what you made sounds like it could convert even me.

As for the one veggie to which I look forward, you don't know me very well if you have to ask. I'm not a veggie lover, but one thing I DO miss about being in the Midwest (besides farm-fresh corn) are beefsteak tomatoes. I can't get a decent tomato here to save a life.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Beefsteaks are my fav also...with some mozzarella cheese and fresh basil and a drizzle of EVOO

Phfrankie Bondo said...

...that's one helluva meal there, Sir...looooooooves me some corn on the cob!...

Lu' said...

Hello Bond. I've not been by here before. I'll be scoping this site out. Thanks and congratulations to you and Nancy.

Cinnamon Girl said...

We have awesome farmers markets here. I live out in the boonies so we get great fruits and vegetables.

Kauai's farmers markets were jaw dropping. Just amazing.

Unknown said...

Oh my, that looks good...

ajlounyinjurylaw said...

The fresh ocra and eggplants look delicious. Want to go to the market.

Tyler said...

Yummy looks amazing.

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