It’s a new week, which means that it’s time for another Farmers Market inspired recipe!
This week I’m sharing a delicious vegetarian lasagna, filled with tons of goodies from my local Farmers Market!
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, such as Chalk Art Paintings, Live Music and Delicious Food at Little Italy Festa!, I live in a beautiful and vibrant neighborhood in San Diego that is extremely lively with a ton of local events for its residents. One of everyone’s neighborhood favorites is the Little Italy Mercato that happens every Saturday from 9 AM – 2 PM.
It’s a great place to grab a coffee, breakfast and shop for the weeks groceries!
This week I stopped by Suzie’s Farms to pick up some fresh produce.
Suzie’s Farms provides most of the produce for Quality Social, a local restaurant and the location of my first “Chef Inspired Dish” interview! I decided to make the dish super authentic, I would pick up my ingredients at the same place they buy theirs! (Look for that post coming this week!)
They have everything from beautiful squash and beets, to gorgeous colorful carrots!
With food, the more color, the better!! I talk about the amazingness of eating purple vegetables in my Adventures at the Farmers Market post. (Similar concept, different farmers market, different city!)
They also sell a variety of sprouts that look super yummy! I didn’t pick them up this week, but they’re now on next weeks list!
My next stop was to visit my girls over at Tea Gallerie.
I was lucky enough to meet Krizia, the marketing rep for the company at my San Diego Bloggers Happy Hour. She was sweet enough to give me some samples of their amazing tea!
They were all amazing, but I am now completely addicted to the Masala Chai!
As you can see, they have a lot to choose from, and just check out all the benefits of drinking tea!
Delicious and healthy is my favorite combination!
Next, I went to pick up some fresh herbs to add to my growing window sill garden. Now that I’ve kept my little basil plant alive for almost 3 months, I was confident enough to give it a couple of friends! Meet Rosemary and Cilantro!
I’m going to take the advice of the sign and grow them 🙂
Although I wasn’t quite confident enough to purchase a larger plant today, I still had to get a picture of this beautiful purple kale!
I then cruised by some of my favorite spots, like the lemonade people!
Seriously, this lemonade is amazing y’all! When shopping at the Mercato this summer in the warm San Diego sun, this lemonade saved my life!
Then I cruised by the “Goat Cheese Guy”. Of course, being the Goat Milking Girl I am, I would have a goat cheese guy in every city!
Their Lavender Goat Cheese is killer!!
I concluded my lovely day in Little Italy with a delicious coffee at my favorite local shop, Pappalecco, where I sit to write this post to you now!
Happy Saturday Everyone! Make it a beautiful day and remember “When Nothing Is Sure, Everything is Possible!” – Margaret Drabble
So Heather Locklear may not actually shop at the same Farmers Market as me, but it is located on the street that made her famous, Melrose Place… yes, every Sunday morning (if you consider morning sometime between noon and 2:00) I strut on over to Melrose Place, yes I live walking distance to Melrose Place I am that cool, and to their lovely little Farmers Market!
And this is where I find all those fresh yummy fruits and veggies you see in my cooking posts!
After a few weeks of attending this little treasured Sunday ritual I now have my “spots”, like the Hummus people. There are 2 vendors who sell hummus and each one is still vying for the #1 spot in my book… one has more flavors, but the other has amazing whole wheat pita bread, decisions, decisions, either way they are both delicious and if I miss a Sunday (heaven forbid!) I have to live without the amazingness of fresh hummus for a WHOLE WEEK!
My other favorite vendor sells purple potatoes, yup there it is again, my love for purple foods! I will admit this obsession began after watching an episode of Dr. Oz. Probably seen the show 3 times in my life, all I know is he talks about poo a lot and I’d almost always rather be watching the food network than that guy! But I did stumble upon the show one day when he was talking about foods that provide lots of nutriton in your diet and I thought yes, something I can get behind! So I tuned in and learned that, as I talked about in my post on What’s for Lunch?? Carmelized Beet and Feta Cheese Salad, purple foods are packed with antioxidants, great cancer fighters and heart disease preventers! Obviously all of these things should appeal to well EVERYONE, so began my search for more and more purple foods and there they were at my little Melrose Place Farmers Market, purple potatoes! So fun to cook with, add so much color to whatever you are making and cook just like any other potato! Usually they’re just little guys, but this Sunday I found a couple baking size and put them to work quickly!
I feel like this would be something that kids would love and what a fun way to feed them something yummy and nutritious!! You can fill up one of these guys with the same things you would a traditional baked potato, cheese, veggies, sour cream, bacon, whatever you like!
A new item I came across this Sunday was the “amazing mix”. Well, the name pretty much says it all, who wouldn’t buy something that has amazing in the name??? So I did!
Usually my Sunday morning Farmers Market adventures are a bit more leasurely but this week it was about a billion degrees outside so to save the veggies from getting drinched in my sweat I rounded up all my treasures in about half an hour and headed home to assess my purchases. Bell peppers, onions, carrots, the usuals, and a couple little yellow summer squash to throw something different in the mix!
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