Friday, December 20, 2013

Real Food From the Farmer's Market

We go to the farmer's market once a month, and stock up for the month. We have our favorite vendors we go to every month. For instance their is our chicken man, we buy whole chickens at $3.50 a pound, but I love the ground chicken at $7.00 a pound, and making chicken salad with it.

Chicken salad is another one of those versatile foods, you can prepare in so many ways. I start by cooking my 1 lb of ground chicken, and boiling four eggs. Once that is done it's time to play, looking at my seasonings to see what I will add. However, it is usually the same, and as always to taste. I use the following pretty much on a regular basis.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Garlic, our favorite food group.
  • Onion, another favorite food group.
  • Paprika
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • Dill
  • All purpose seasoning.
  • Yellow mustard, not to much.

 Then I add some lettuce to my bowl, mix it all up, and enjoy a delicious healthy meal.

 Check this out, does anyone know what it is? We picked up this baby from another of our favorite vendor, who also has my lemon grass, and great prices I might add.

This is a Russian squash, just had to take it home and try it. When I cut it open I was surprised by the smell, sniff, the smell, sniff, wow!! That smells like cantaloupe.

The farmer told me to cut it up, and bake it in the oven, but you know me I don't follow directions to well. Sooo, I cut it up, and boiled it like potatoes until it was tender, oh it smelled so good cooking. I had looked up various squash recipes to get some ideas, and decided to treat it like a sweet potato casserole.

There was a lot of liquid left after I mashed it up, and put it through the strainer, I used the potato masher to gently remove as much liquid as I could. Once done I added the following to taste, and had my taste tester (the 17 yr old) try it to make sure it met his standards.

  • Brown sugar
  • Cane sugar
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter
  • Walnuts
If I had more than one apple I would have added those as well.

Looks just like mashed potatoes doesn't it? The meatloaf is made with Shelton's ground turkey, and the vegetables are Sno Pac, I get both items through the local organic co-op, Azure Standard. You can see if there is local drop off near you or start one by going here.

Can't wait to see what I might at the farmer's market tomorrow. Have you found any unique food at your farmer's market?


  1. Great recipe Joyce and so easy. I love any type of winter squash although I never heard of a Russian squash before. Thanks for sharing.

  2. My, that looks good. I never heard of a Russian squash that smelled like a cantaloupe.

    Our Farmer's Market has moved indoors for the Winter. They sell everything from home canned jams,honey, quilts and aprons, fresh veggies,fresh caught salmon, chicken, lamb, beef, ham and bacon.
    All organic too.

    Thanks for sharing and have a Blessed Christmas.
    Mrs. J.

  3. Wow, Joyce,
    That is a beautiful squash! I love squash almost any way you fix it :) Aren't farmer's markets fun?! It looks delicious on your plate. And the way you do recipes is the way I cook at home! It is hard to write posts on my blog with a really intelligible recipe...
    And thanks for the visit and comment to Deep Roots at Home. I always try to return the favor! Blessings! Merry Christmas!

  4. Yum! This looks awesome :) Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you back again today!