It was Saturday morning and I was sitting out on the back patio, enjoying a cup of coffee, up but not yet awake. I love “waking up” over a cp of coffee on the back patio. Usually I am playing on my pad, checking email, looking at Facebook and Instagram, but today I had a new Southern Living Magazine that I was reading. As I got to the recipe section of the magazine, all of the beautiful fresh vegetables and fruit jumped off the pages at me and filled me with excitement. Two things occurred to me: 1) that it was Saturday and 2) the Edmond Farmers Market was open.
Now, I’m going to be brutally honest. It has probably been 3 years since I have been to that Farmers’ market. Why, well It was about this time three years ago that we moved into our 5th wheel as we began the process of fixing up our house and selling it. Then it was almost another year until our new house was constructed and we moved in. You know how it goes, you develop routines, and my Saturday routine of going to the Edmond Farmers Market got out of whack. Well guess what? I’m getting my groove BACK!!!!!!
So off I went with my tote bag on my shoulder and quarters in my pocket. Giddy like a school girl. The Market itself is in a wonderful open covered pavilion at 26 West First street in Edmond, Ok. For those of you “not from around here” it is just west of Broadway on First street in downtown Edmond. There is parking in front of the pavilion, but that lot can be “crazy town”. I like to park west of the market just “over the tracks”. Less congestion and helps me get my steps in for the day.
If you are into what my children refer to a “hysterical” markers there is a cool historical marker at the entrance of the market. It is called Leaping into History – Kentucky Daisy.
The Market itself is open April 14 thru Oct 27. There are two main aisles. One in the Pavilion and one outside of the Pavilion. Yesterday when I was there, not all the vendor stalls were full. It’s still a little early in the season. But there is a little bit of everything from outdoor wooden furniture, home canned preserves, and salsas to fresh baked breads, cakes, and pies. There was a homemade soap vendor, a couple of garden shops selling plants and herbs, at least two OK wineries, and then a BUNCH of produce and meat vendors. I was actually impressed on the number of meat vendors there. There are some food trucks there as well.
I have my little routine: I like to come in on the west side, peruse down the middle to the east side, checking out the vendors on each side, without making any commitments to what I am going to buy, then I round the corner to see if there is anything interesting in the outdoor aisle, before going back in and making my purchases.
I purchased a lovely bunch of beets. That I steamed in foil on the grill while I was cooking beer can chicken.
I sliced off the greens, washed them, cut a couple of them in half so they were all about the same size and then laid them in the center of aluminum foil. I threw in a couple of ice cubes to help “steam” them before wrapping them up. I double wrapped them to make sure none of the juices escaped. I initially put them on the shelf in my grill for about 15 min. Then moved them to above a medium low flame, flipping them about every 15 minutes for another 30 minutes. After I cooked them, I unwrapped them from foil and let them cool, before scraping the peeling off with a paring knife. They are now chillin’ in the refrigerator waiting to be put in a salad or sautéed in a little garlic butter until just warm and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Of course, I had to sample some with butter and salt, for quality control, of course. They were so yummy.
Then I stopped at Crows vegetable farm and greenhouses booth. There I purchased baby cucumbers, English Peas, and tomatoes. I am most excited about the English Peas. I think I’ve mentioned that I’m a farm girl from Wisconsin, and we grew a HUGE garden every year. One of the things we had were English peas. (I have tried to grow them here, but without any luck…too hot) Now, I may not be a big fan of picking them…but I do love to shuck and eat them. That night, I made boiled new potatoes with peas in a creamy dill white sauce. It is a popular northern dish, which my southern husband loves as much as me, well maybe even more than me!
Then I made cucumber salad:
I sliced the cucumbers very thin with my mandolin along with some white onion into a bowl. Then I sprinkled them with salt and covered the bowl loosely with a clean kitchen towel and let it “rest” on the counter to do its thing. Now, I’m not exactly what you call “its thing” but the salt makes the cukes and onions “sweat” in the bowl. I then drained off the liquid and mixed a couple of tablespoons of Miracle whip, some milk and a little pepper together to make a slurry. I mixed the slurry with the cukes and onions and add some fresh dill. The leftovers are refrigerated and then, I put them on sandwiches, sort of like pickles, or just eat them with a fork.
The tomatoes were part of lunch, sliced onto a plate with fresh mozzarella and basil then drizzled with good olive oil, fresh cracked pepper salt, and balsamic vinegar. When I was making lunch, I asked my husband if he wanted any, he said “Are they any good?” to which I sliced him a small piece and handed it to him, I took a bite too, and as my mouth was filled with that warm fresh tomato flavor, I was secretly hoping he didn’t like it…more for me…but they were good and his comment was something like “OMG yes I want some.”
I can’t wait for the summer to progress, there is a vendor that has the most amazing cantaloupes, a really cute elderly black couple sell them, I hope they are still vendors. Then there is the CORN, and the Strafford peaches., and blackberries. Oh, I can taste the cobbler now. And my husbands favorite, the watermelon.
There are some things that I will grow for myself, like the herbs that are pictured below, but I’m so looking forward to my Saturday morning ritual going forward of going to the Edmond Farmers Market.