27 January 2009
THE FARMERS MARKET:
I make a habit of buying my veggies at the Saturday farmers market in central Geneva (8am-1pm Rive). Even during the winter, I bundle up and brave the cold weather, as their garden produce really is worth the extra effort, plus I like to support the local farmers. While the variety is less impressive than in the summer months , there is still an excellent choice of winter veggies to be had:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Lettuce (certain types)
- Leeks (used in this recipe)
- Onions (used in this recipe)
- Spinach (used in this recipe)
(see The Westside Gardener for winter vegetable gardening)
Farmers Market shopping 101:
- Plan recipes for the week, it’s economical & a fun to find the ingredients in the market. This also avoids over stocking of the fridge – I hate throwing food away & the freezer has a limited capacity.
- Make a list, as if you are like me, the sight of all that wonderful fresh produce makes you want to buy everything in sight.
- Bring a basket, you’ll look like a local & won’t end up with 15 flimsy plastic bags
- Walk around before buying, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the stalls
- Check your prices, as often stalls closest to the ends of the market are more expensive
- Watch out for impostors – just because it’s a farmers market doesn’t mean everything is ‘in season’, local and biologically grown