Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Quick Update

With mere weeks left until the end of the summer farmers markets, depression has set in. I know, I know, there is the Worthington Winter Market, which I will be trying this year, for sure. But, losing the abundance of fresh veggies every week from local farmers will be quite sad.

However, there is a great option for meat! I know, I can get local meat at the N. Market, and a few other sources that I haven't taken advantage of yet. But, nothing compares to the excitement I have about OMC's winter meat delivery program! Okay, I talked to them a few weeks ago and asked if they were going to be at the winter market. I was told no, but they do a home delivery service in the off season. Just go to their website, email your order to them, and meat comes!! Well, sort of. I signed up for their mailing list at their booth last weekend, and at one of the last few markets coming up they will be passing out magnets with the delivery dates on them. They deliver once a month, with a minimum order requirement of $25 and a $5 delivery fee.

This is great for planning ahead, and they have pretty darn good prices. My winter days might not be quite so dreary.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

The last of summer bounty!

Aren't my tiny carrots so ugly and cute? I picked everything in the pics from my garden tonight.

I'll be making some salsa for canning tomorrow w/most of the tomatoes and some jalepenos. I also need to pull my herbs to dry and put in some jars.

I made a few batches of fresh pasta sauce a few weeks ago. Instead of canning, I just froze them. It was my first crack at making sauce from fresh tomatoes. I will say, peeling fresh tomatoes is not my thing. I did use the method of dropping them in boiling water for 30 seconds or so, then shocking them in ice water, so the skins did come right off easily. But, still. I can't imagine doing 30 lbs or more. I would go slightly insane. I guess the one silver lining is that my kitchen is open to the family room, so I can zone out and watch TV while peeling.

I have finally, FINALLY talked a friend of mine into going to the Worthington Market with me. She lives near Grove City, and has been going to their farmers market all summer. I have tried to get her to come w/me to Worthington quite a few times, because the variety there compared to Grove City is quite staggering. She likes the N. Market, too, but there are some vendors at Worthington that I'm quite attached to. OMC, for example. I am addicted to their ground chicken breast. I am using it in place of ground turkey breast in any recipe that calls for it. Plus, it's cheaper than ground turkey breast. Were you guys aware that OMC has a home delivery program in the off season? Check out their site for more info. I'm definitely going to try it out. That helps to ease the pain of the summer markets ending soon. I know there are places where I can buy local meat, but this is so much easier! Right to my door. And, their prices seem perfectly reasonable to me.

So, my point was...OH! That I'm thrilled to finally get her to the Worthington Market. Since I'm used to going to the markets alone, it should be nice to have some company!

Okay, now it's time to watch the Presidential Debate!