Oh how I love going to the Farmer’s Market. We are so fortunate in our area to have so many farmer’s markets to choose from all over town and throughout the year. Lately I’ve been going to a farmer’s market that recently popped up in one of our local Oakridge mall parking lots. I found out about this farmer’s market from my friend Padmini. She and many of our friends used to frequent a farmer’s market every Sunday years ago at an old Mervyns department store parking lot, way before farmer’s markets became so trendy as they are now. Then a day came when this old farmer’s market got kicked out by developers who converted the Mervyns parking lot into a strip mall, and we all started looking for alternative farmer’s markets. We found other farmer’s markets around town to shop at, but we sure missed our old one 😞. Continue reading There’s Farmers Markets and There’s Farmers Markets
On Father’s Day we took Hitesh on a morning excursion for a cherry picking trip to Andy’s Orchard in Morgan Hill, California.
I recently received a huge box of all sorts of greens from the farmer’s market from my friend Rita and her husband Chris. You see Rita has become friends with one of the farm stand owners at her local Farmer’s Market. Over time as she developed her friendship with this one farm stand vendor she started sharing a few of her homemade foods with him every time she stopped by the market. On the occasions when Rita happened to stop by the market before it closed, her Farmer’s Market friend would give Rita all of whatever vegetables were leftover that morning. It could be any variety of vegetables depending on the season. This time in early spring Rita came home with a bounty of all sorts of greens. She had enough greens for herself, for a couple of friends, and a giant box of greens for me as well! I’m talking over 20 bags of greens! And so began a Farmer’s Market friendship. Continue reading A Farmer’s Market Friendship & A Giant Delivery of Farm Fresh Greens
In my previous article on Artisanal Soaps I mentioned that I have a friend Rose M. who makes her own homemade artisanal soaps. To get a better understanding of how these soaps are made I asked Rose to share with me the process of how she makes her soaps. I was blown away at the instructions. It’s not a quick “let’s make soap” type of project. Making artisanal soaps take time, effort and precision.
Sometimes you just want to get in the car and go on a drive and enjoy the open-road. You know what I mean? Especially after a rough week, it’s a great feeling to get away from all the noise and be out in nature. Once in a while I love doing this. Take a drive on a panoramic road where the destination is not something touristy, but rather something more simple; it could be just to check out a farm-stand, or to stop by a special nursery, or in this case, to see a few grey and white seals. Continue reading A Scenic Drive to Bolinas Lagoon, California
Mombasa, Kenya. This charming coastal town in South East Kenya is the hometown of Hitesh’s family. Mombasa is different from other cities in Kenya. Because this area was a trading post for Arab merchants who traded between East Africa and the Middle East, you see a lot of Arab influence here, from decor, to architecture, to the people. While majority of people in Kenya are Christian, in this coastal area a lot of the folks are Muslim. You see many mosques and you even hear morning prayer calls from loud speakers in Mombasa. It really is a town with a unique character different from the rest of Kenya. Continue reading Visit to Mombasa, Kenya
Heirloom tomatoes with salt and pepper. Yes, It’s that simple. And it looks and tastes amazing. Every year in late summer heirloom tomatoes are showing up at Farmer’s Markets and grocery stores. Heirloom tomatoes come in a rainbow of colors and in all shapes and sizes – that’s what makes them heirloom tomatoes, and so much fun to look at and eat. Continue reading Heirloom Tomatoes with Salt & Pepper
After a long summer break from the farmer’s market, we started back on our Sunday morning routine. We stopped by the Farmer’s Market this past Sunday and what a bounty we came home with.
I made this cucumber salad with fresh picked cucumbers from my garden for a lunch I had back in July. This salad is a great way to use up a large quantity of cucumbers. Continue reading Cucumber Salad with Fresh Herbs and White Wine Vinegar
Hitesh really likes to pick up these multi-colored cauliflowers from the local farmer’s market. They come in purple, orange, and yellow. I wasn’t sure how these cauliflowers would taste, would they taste the same as the white cauliflower? How do I cook it? What is the flavor?
I figured the best way to cook these cauliflower heads was to roast them with salt and pepper so we can enjoy the simple flavors of these interesting vegetables. Continue reading Tri-Colored Roasted Cauliflower with Balsamic Glaze