It's Mega-Veggie Egg Time Again!

Jul 23 2011 Published by under (if) Elder (why) Care, Farm Market Foodapalooza!

This morning at the farmer's market, one of my favorite farmers had lovely long and thin purple Japanese eggplant available for the first time this week.  I scooped up several of them with pleasure, and brought them home to feature in a lunch of Mega-Veggie Eggs for me and Mr. Z.  Yay!  Of course, Mega-Veggie Eggs means the end of summer is within sight, hard as that is to believe on this hottest day of the year.  I thanked every farmer and vendor I purchased something from, for coming to the market in the heat.

I was glad I had included instructions for Mega-Veggie Eggs in that blog post last year, because I had sort of forgotten just what all I'd thrown in them and how I made them.  Not that it is a precise recipe - MVE is one of those things that's highly adaptable to what you have on hand.  Though I have to say, the little eggplants and a particular type of heirloom Roma tomato (from the same farmer) are a delicious combo.  You can see the tomatoes in the second photo in this post.

Looking up the description of MVE led me to read what I had written of sharing Duda's corn-on-the-cob with Z-mom last summer.  This most recent time I was visiting her, we got to have a meal at her house that featured Duda's corn, and she was sooooo happy!  (N.B.: this is not the large company Duda's Fresh Farm Foods, but the small farm listed at the end of this article.) There's no way of knowing if she and I will get to do this again this summer, so I'm glad we got to do it at least once.  As always, I wish I could pack up some of the wonderful things I brought home from the market and take them right over for her to enjoy.

I bought a flat of blueberries at one farm stand, and people kept asking me "what are you going to do with all those blueberries?" as if I must be crazy for buying so many.  But they seem like barely enough to me.  This may be the last week for blueberries.  Some we will eat now: in yogurt; by the handful; with sliced peaches.  Some we will give to Mr. Z's parents for their breakfast cereal.  Some we will freeze for smoothies and blueberry pancakes in the fall and winter.  I look at the glut of blueberries and I feel rich, and I also feel that more would be good, too.  Some peaches, a cantaloupe, and a few tomatoes will also go to the in-laws, and maybe a bean salad if I get off this computer and go down to the kitchen.

Good food to eat, loved ones to share it with, an exaltation of blueberries - these are riches indeed.

6 responses so far

  • Kea says:

    All very well if you can afford it.

  • Zuska says:

    This is true. I know that I am extremely fortunate in this regard. It's also why I care so much about Philabundance. They do amazing work to extend the availability and affordability of fresh produce in the Delaware Valley area. They also try to make sure that culturally appropriate kinds of fresh produce are available and affordable. Essentially all my giving goes there (and DonorsChoose). Now more than ever it is essential for those who can, to support food banks and local efforts to establish community gardens and local farm affordable farm markets.

  • Kristi says:

    Wonderful! I hadn't heard of Philabundance. I'll have to see if MA has something similar...(By the way, I'm a long time reader, but not much of a commenter. Glad to see that you're back!)

  • Ed says:

    Good to hear from one of my favourite bloggers again.

    I spend almost half my income on food, more than $400 a month. It's ridiculous. The cheapest meat I can get is $23 a kg net for the actual meat, chicken. Peaches are simply too expensive, $9 per kg, nevermind berries. The stuff in the half off bin is half moldy - useless. Bizarrely, mangoes are among the cheaper fruit, for the net yield of fruit you get.

    Concentrated fruit juices are much cheaper per calorie, so that is mostly what I buy - apple, orange and pineapple.

    My Dad used to have a garden, on a normal city lot, and now I realize that it must have saved a lot of money, easily $300 a month, with the produce that came out of it. And those smoothies I used to make included >$15 "worth" of raspberries in one go - more than I ever foresee being able to afford again.

  • Jim Thomerson says:

    It is said that corn on the cob is better the fresher it is. Once I had some in a small backyard garden. I got the water up to a boil, went out and pulled three ears, shucked them on the way into the house and put them into the boiling water. Yes, corn on the cob is better the fresher it is!

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