It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (ha! now you have a Christmas carol stuck in your head as well!) It’s the time of the year that the basket gets so heavy it seems unsafe to use the handle; you have to use 2 hands to support it from the bottom. This is not a terrible problem to have.
Blackberries – Flat Top Mountain
Blueberries, Fennel, and Cheddar Cauliflower – Signal Mountain Farm
Corn, Purple Hull Peas, Butter Beans, and Basil – various vendors
Cantaloupe and Peaches – Hazelrig Farm
Peaches – Rainbow Hill Farrm
Honey – Sale Creek Honey
Pizza Dough – Fresh Flour
Yes, we got peaches from 2 different vendors. Sometimes you need to share the love.
The peas and beans were a bit pricey at $4/pint bag but, they were already shelled. I’ve not had the best luck buying purple hull peas in Chattanooga and that is terribly disappointing to me. When we lived in Mississippi I would buy a bushel and stock the freezer. Last year was the first time I really found them around here and the quality was poor at best. These look great and I can’t wait to have my first peas of the season!
I bought a very large bunch of basil for a special project this week. The best way to store basil is to keep the stems in water. It stays nice and perky and you might even get some roots to develop.
I would love to have had blackberries to preserve as well as for snacking, but this week there will be no preserving, canning or putting up. This week I’m tackling my largest cooking endeavor yet…ice cream for 70 people! It’s a graduation gift for a very dear friend. Hopefully I’ll still be sane enough to enjoy the party!
I heard a troubling rumor at the market this week. There is a new vendor this week and I heard today that they might not actually be growing what they are selling but buying and reselling. The Chattanooga Market has a producer only policy which means that you must be the producer, grower, and/or creator of your goods. I appreciate this policy because I like to know my farmer and I like knowing that their product is as important to them as it is to me. I’ve emailed the market director for clarification so I’ll keep you posted…