I had waited anxiously for the explosively juicy cherry tomatoes, for the long, curly garlic scapes and especially for the freshly grown berries. How I had longed, all winter, to hear a local folk singer belting out tunes, as a crowd of locavores buzzed around from tent to tent, gathering up bundles of homegrown items to take home to their families. Rochester‘s South Wedge Farmers Market, just a hop, skip and a jump from my house, has become so much more than a market to me.
Making the rounds and talking to vendors about their prized assortment of produce or baked goods or wines has become a ritual for my mom and I to take on in the summertime. I rush over from work and together, we go to each station, tasting samples, sometimes doing activities like making salsa and chatting all the while about recipes and tips for healthy, tasty local meals.
My first Thursday to the market was as wonderful as I’d hoped it to be. I brought home garlic scapes, swiss chard, zucchini and strawberries. Future Husband kindly volunteered his services and grilled me up a vegetable medley of the ridiculously fresh ingredients with a simple splash of olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, a sprinkle of salt and pepper and a little herbed goat cheese on top to seal the deal. Mmm mmm good. The berries were the perfect light dessert. After scarfing down two bowls full of veggies a la Jim, we made our way over to a neighborhood cafe for some local music. By the way, for some great local, seasonal recipes, check out the Good Food Collective’s ideas for tantalizing goodness. I’ve gotta admit, the South Wedge lifestyle is hard to beat and I can’t imagine a more enjoyable local experience to have on a summer evening than indulging in the tastes and sounds of summer.
- Rochester: For the Love of Living Local (bridefied.wordpress.com)
- This Upstate NY weekend rocked my socks off (bridefied.wordpress.com)
- Living Local: South Wedge Farmers Market (bridefied.wordpress.com)
- Learn to Love: Garlic Scapes (fitsugar.com)