Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Day 696's fun
We had a ... well, a pretty rainy weekend. It's been a very rainy month, actually. I did manage to squeeze out a few dry moments on Saturday morning for a favorite summertime activity: walking through the Pepper Place Saturday Market. Farmers and craftspeople bring their goods from the surrounding counties every Saturday from May until October.
I recently read Frank Stitt's Southern Table, which inspired me to make more of an effort to cook with not only with fresh ingredients, but locally-grown ingredients. It's a slow process, for sure, and is much, much easier during the summer.
Side note: Don't you just love this guy? Exactly what you think a farmer in rural Alabama should look like, isn't? He's actually part of Jones Valley Urban Farm, right in the middle of Birmingham.
Mmmmm Chilton County peaches. Just a hint of that sweet smell and I am instantly transported back to childhood, and mandatory stops for peaches and ice cream on the way to the Gulf Coast beaches.
I'm not much for beets, but they are pretty. I did pick up some fresh goat cheese, new potatoes, and the most delicious pepper marmalade (made right here, in Homewood) you'll ever have!
Since we were stuck indoors, we managed to get a few things done around the house. I'll be back to share our projects (which of course, led to other projects) soon.