Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fatso Manifesto: Eating With the Seasons

Today was a gorgeous day. The weather was just right, not too hot and not too cold. I went with my mom to the Farmer's Market. I can never get bored of the Farmer's Market. Every time I go, I encounter new and exciting fruits and veggies that peak my curiosity. I'm also starting to learn which fruits and veggies are in season. And believe me when I tell you this, you save a shitload of money when you shop for produce in season.Not only do you save money but you are buying produce at their peak, when they are at their highest in nutrients. August is the best month because there is so much variety to choose from! These days I hardly ever spend my money, and if I'm gonna spend it, I'd rather spend it on good food that's good for me! I spent a whopping $12 at farmer's market (plus $10 at the Asian supermarket)! Unbelievable price for the amount of stuff I got!

«Check out what's in season (and some not in season)...»

Fruits and Veggies in Season at the Farmer's Market:

Six ears of fresh, sweet corn for $3!They are cheap! Corn is at its peak in August so get them while you can! Are you jealous, Hop Along? I know you love fresh corn on the cob! :P


Organic Japanese Eggplant (or aubergine for you UKers) $2 per lb.


Zucchini (or as they say in UK "courgettes") $2 per lb.


Gorgeous red and green bell peppers. I got two for $1.50


Mini Yellow Heirloom Tomatoes for only $.75 per lb. These are so cute and they taste good too!


Such a work of art! I can stare at these all day! It's late rasberry season! I got a mix of three different berries for $3.00! Blackberries, Golden Yellow rasberries, and red rasberries


These beautiful babies are in season! You can tell they are at their peak because I bit into one and I swear it was so juicy I had to wear a bikini to eat it. It's really sweet too. White peaches and nectarines are going for $1.50 per lb!


Sold at the Farmer's Market but not in season:

Cauliflower is a winter vegetable. $2.00 a head


Broccoli, another winter veggie


Organic Parsley and Cilantro(UK translation: coriander), these Fall/Winter/Spring herbs


More stuff at the Asian supermarket:

Lime is only 10 cents here!


Spring onions are only 54 cents a bundle


Red leaf lettuce is only 54 cents a head


I crave for noodles lately. Buckwheat soba and Sweet Potato cellophane are my favorite. I like to have my noodles with sauteed veggies or the soba noodles in broth.


And for a little treat now and then, Mochi ice cream! If you never had Mochi ice cream, I suggest you try it, it is so good! Mochi ice cream is a Japanese confection made from mochi (pulverized sticky rice) with an ice cream filling in different kinds of flavors: strawberry, mango, chocolate, green tea, etc.

And on top of all the produce we bought at the farmer's market and the asian supermarket, our garden is going crazy. We are currently harvesting...

Can you guess it's tomato season? The pic doesn't do it justice. These tomatoes are as big as a newborn baby's head. They are the big bertha variety and that's not even half of it. There are roma tomatoes and cherry tomatoes still ripening on the vine. More to come!


We also have fuji apples and miniature pears!


Whew! I'm beat. Now THIS is a grocery haul! I'll be eating good this week! :)

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

look at all the local fresh fruit and veggies! I am so jealous!

Flippin' Yank said...

@Jennifer

One of the many benefits of living in California...A wide variety of fresh produce all year round!

What really made me depressed when I was in Belfast was when I discovered the lack of local fresh produce. It broke my heart to see green beans were imported all the way from Kenya! You definitely can't be a locavore over there, and what they do have local is very limited. It was something that I never got used to. :/

Caroline Patricia said...

Hi there,
I have to say, shopping for fresh produce has become one of the best tricks I've picked up over the years. You're so lucky to have such a wonderful farmer's market nearby! if you're interested, I always go to sites that list out what's in season so I know what to look for and how to plan out what I'll prepare for dinner:
http://www.foodtv.co.uk/recipes-and-cooking/topic/august.html

Flippin' Yank said...

Hi Caroline,

Thanks for the link. I will definitely check it out.