Sep 26, 2010

Monday Market in WLR

Remember earlier this summer when the farmers market in west Little Rock was shut down?

Thankfully the city listened to reason and allowed the farmers to set back up a few weeks later.  It was encouraging to know so many people in west Little Rock wanted a farmers market.

Dutifully three or more farmers have brought their goods rain or shine to the corner of Hinson and Napa Valley. (It has poured on occasion and I don't have to remind everyone how hot it is.)

Last Monday - Lisa, Lori and I emailed everyone we knew and posted on Facebook to go to the farmers market from 2-5pm.  The guys were discouraged because business has been slow.  Thankfully many of you responded to our plea to encourage the farmers!

So, if you're like me and try to meal plan on Sunday, maybe this week you could plan a meal that was entirely local.  As my dad would say, "Put your money where your mouth is." 

Tomorrow's market offerings will include:
Barnhill Orchards will have Sweet Potatoes Turnip & Mustard greens, Ranch Eggs, Purple Hull Peas, Okra, Melons and more.

Kellog Valley Farms will have Turnip & Mustard greens, Kale, Okra, Zephyr Squash, Yellow Squash, Acorn and Butternut squash and more.

Falling Sky Farms will have chicken, eggs and BEEF!

North Pulaski Farms will have Tyria Cucumbers, Kentucky Wonder Pole Beans, Red & Green Bell Peppers, Yellow squash.

Three Buddies Mushroom Farm will have Shitake mushrooms.
Recipe Ideas
It would take a bit of tweaking, but you could use this slow cooker recipe for kale and substitute purple hull peas for the black-eyed ones.  I would also use homemade broth, brown rice, and add some okra, squash and bell peppers.  OK, maybe that's a lot of tweaking.
Cream of Mushroom Soup
Kale Krisps
Butternut Squash Soup
What ideas do you have?

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