Friday, June 3, 2011

play along!

when it comes to farmers markets, i'm a total groupie.
in my star-struck eyes, if you live in rural bumpkin land, wake up at 5am every day, and have hard-earned dirt under your fingernails, you may as well be madonna.
during the summers (YESSSS!!! it's finally here!!!) i try to frequent farmers markets as much as possible to get local, organic fare and close encounters with my idols. 
if you live in a big city, farmers markets are probably happening in places you didn't even know. if you don't live in a big city, you might very well live near a farm. lucky you! here's a list of toronto farmers markets, but check out similar sites for other cities, you may be surprised by how easy and accessible they are. 
cheap, they are not. but having said that...this is the real price of good food people, and while you may not do your entire week of groceries at the farmers market, it's really awesome to support local farmers and to eat food that hasn't been shipped a million miles, or fed a diet that makes it sick, or pumped up with hormones and slathered with pesticides. we all make these BIG choices with our little dollas. plus, they're rock stars. just sayin'.

i was fawning over a couple of un-stylishly dressed, overly sunned dudes at a farmers market just yesterday. they were selling beautiful asparagus and lamb. what a pairing, right!? one of them even gave me pointers about cooking the lamb. 
farmers! they are sooo down to earth! 
here's the resulting dinner.

just look at them asparagus!!
there's that beautiful market fresh lamb chop, marinated for about an hour in some lemon juice, olive oil, and chopped fresh mint, then seared in a pan on both sides for a few minutes and placed in the oven to cook for another few minutes. local asparagus the length of my arm which i simply blanched in boiling water alongside non-local carrot and then drizzled with lemon juice.
non-farmers market red new potatoes were tossed in olive oil sea salt and fresh rosemary, then roasted in the oven at 350C for an hour. 
so you see, the whole food debate is really a compromise that considers convenience, taste, ethics, environment, local economy, home economics, and possibly a great number of other factors. easy peasy! 
(basically, do whatever helps you sleep at night, but just try to stay aware that there is a before and after to your food and food choices.)

and on another note, i've never walked into a grocery store with my bare feet in the grass, the sun shining overhead, and a drum circle totally killing it with their supple wrists.

rock n' roll.