Saturday is the kick off for the Cooper Young Farmers Market, and local farmers and vendors will be on hand - rain or shine - from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of First Congregational Church.
Be sure to include the kids in the market, because they will be able to learn how to plant bean or basil seeds thanks to Sue Easley, who will be demonstrating in the market's activity tent beginning at 9 a.m. Demonstrations also are set for 11 a.m. and noon.
Because I got there late, I missed the greens and was given a double helping of strawberries.
In the share: a small bag of shiitake mushrooms, eight sweet potatoes, about 4 pints of strawberries, fresh oregano, and plenty of radishes.
So what should I make?
Until I purchased a bundle at a recent farmers market, I though sorrel was the color of a horse. Turns out gray does play a role in the leafy green, but not immediately.
When it’s picked in April and May, sorrel is a beautiful spring green, and the leaves taste like lemon. But cook it into risotto like I did, the first time, and the color of the dish turns — to put it nicely — an unappetizing shade of brownish gray.
I hate to admit this, but here goes: On a recent trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama, my first meal of the morning was at Waffle House.
It was early, I’m a coffee junkie, and the restaurant was right behind the condo, so in I went. But guess what?
Well, "glamorous" isn't the word I would use to describe Memphis, be it the city or the hamburger from the new Glamburger line from the Cheesecake Factory, but to each his own.
The Memphis burger (pictured top left) is a beef patty topped with shredded pork, melted cheddar, cole slaw, pickles, and mayonnaise.
Other place-inspired Glamburgers: Sonoma Burger (herbed goat cheese, mushrooms, oven-roasted tomatoes, arugula, red onion, and mayonnaise) and Monterey Cheeseburger (avocado, melted jack cheese, arugula, red onion, and honey-mustard mayonnaise).
When my coworker first saw sheep-pig, he thought exactly the same thing I did: "Looks delicious." (Yep, I'm a vegetarian, but I'd definitely considering eating a sheep-pig.)
As for the other food items, I've got rattling around ...
Last week, I challenged you to send in a picture of the dishes you made from items bought at the farmers market.
The goal is to encourage folks to get to the markets and then to share ideas about what to make, like ...
In celebration of Earth Day today, Mayor A C Wharton's office and the Memphis
Farmers Market are holding a special mini-market outside City Hall from 10
In honor of Earth Day on Thursday, April 22nd, the Office of Mayor A C Wharton and the Center City Commission (CCC) are hosting a farmers market in front of City Hall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dear Memphis: we are sorry we didn't win, but we have something HUGE in the works. It's time to show the world how great a food town we are.
9:08 PM Apr 18th via Echofon
I spoke with English today and asked what that something was. He said because he's still working out the details he wasn't ready to reveal the specifics, but he did offer a hint ...
As the guy behind the counter handed me my order, he asked "Have you baked with us before?"
The answer? No. That was my first time at the take-and-bake pizza chain Papa Murphy's in Germantown.
And now that I have baked with them, the question is: Will I bake with them again?
Are you absolutely dizzy with anticipation for the opening of the Memphis Farmers Market on Saturday?
Of course, once you get your hands on that seasonal produce you have to do something with it.
Send Hungry Memphis your photos of what you've made with your market produce and I'll post it on the blog. If it's really impressive, there may be something in it for you.
For details, e-mail me.
A couple of links of interest from local bloggers:
Justin Fox Burks of The Chubby Vegetarian has details of a particularly intriguing five-course vegetarian dinner at Bari.
Ben Carter of Benito's Wine Reviews tries the infamous durian fruit. It does not go well.
Joe’s Wine & Liquor in Midtown unveiled its new look about a month ago, and yesterday, I finally stopped by to check it out.
In a word: Wow!