Sunday, April 22, 2007

Farmers Market Fresh Herbs And Lettuce

Baby lettuces, chard, green onions, bronze fennel fronds, stems of rosemary, sage and lavender, all tucked into a basket. Who could resist such sweetness and light?

This was part of our bounty from the Arcata Farmers Market yesterday and is my offering to Weekend Herb Blogging, being hosted this week by the fabulous Sher of What Did You Eat? who happens to live in my home town. Besides loving all the wonderful recipes that come from Sher's kitchen, I get vicarious thrills from reading about her gardening experiences - experiences that I miss so much living here in the foggy dampness of the north coast. Though I must admit to a twinge of jealousy when she writes about the tomatoes that she picks from her veggies boxes.

Organic food lovers know the healthy and aesthetic advantages of eating produce that comes directly from an organic farm to a farmers market and then into your basket to take home for dinner. Apart from growing your own (a popular phrase here in Humboldt County), there's nothing fresher or better for you.

This beautiful basket of greens and herbs will turn into tonight's salad and adorn the leg of lamb that's about to go on the rotisserie. I'll show you the finished product in another post. For now, enjoy this image of the incredible offering of earth's bounty on this Earth Day. And be sure to pop on over to Sher's kitchen to see this week's round-up!

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Kalyn said...

You are so lucky. We're at least a month away, if not longer, from having the Farmer's Market open.

Christine said...

I commiserate Kalyn. It seems as though we wait forever for the market to open. And some years the rains are so bad that all there is to buy are flowers and jars of honey. Lucky for us we seem to be having a good year!

Katie said...

I love spring!
My herbs are doing well for so early and I'll have lettuces soon -I do grow my own, and often curse that fact whilst hoeing.
It looks like you have a lovely market with a really good selection - lucky you!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely fresh looking picture Christine.

Sher said...

Well, by now you know about my mail debacle. I just found your submission in the trash, where my mail server (until the end of the week) had dumped it. So sorry! It will be in the Roundup momentarily!

Christine said...

Hi Katie,
I love spring also. And I love our farmers markets!

Thanks Anne!

No worries Sher. This probably has a Murphy's Law number, yes? :))