June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month!
Have you been to your local farmer’s market yet?
Here’s what we saw on a recent trip to Reston Farm Market:
A Few Take-aways:
- Flower vendors are kind and seem to smile more. Bunches of lavender = a dream of Provence.
- Giant zucchini prove that bigger is not always better.
- Clowns making balloon animals do not like to be photographed when they are coughing.
- Eek, leeks!
- My love is like a red, red raspberry.
- 100 Bowls of Soup! Ginger carrot is quite refreshing.
- Squash multiply like rabbits. It is highly likely they will take over the world.
- Hooray for samples: salsa, cherries, cucumber, strawberries, tomatoes!
- I don’t care what you say. Cucumbers standing up are obscene.
- Rubbery green beans. Boing!
- Mmmm, whoopie pies! Pause to worship at the altar of baked goods.
- Lettuce entertain you.
So what did we buy? Basil, rosemary and parsley plants. Ravishing raspberries. Cranberry orange scones, apricot linzer cookies, triple chocolate rockies. Vine ripened tomatoes, blushing with vibrant color and oozing summer flavor.
Brought home these babies and had a little Insalata Caprese for lunch. So easy to prepare, wholly satisfying, and quintessentially summer: sliced tomatoes at their peak ripeness, fresh mozzarella and basil leaves seasoned with Fleur de sel and freshly ground black pepper, extra virgin olive oil drizzled over the top. Magnificent in its simplicity, laid back and luscious, with each unadorned flavor taking center stage without an ounce of competition. Ti amo! Ti desidero!
*kisses bunched fingertips*
What summer fruits and veggies are you most looking forward to eating?
*swoons and dreams of tooling around Capri on a Vespa with Al Pacino.*
This post is linked to Beth Fish Read’s Weekend Cooking, where all are invited to share food-related posts (fiction/nonfiction/cookbook/movie reviews, recipes, musings, photos). Put on your bibs and join the fun!
Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.