Papalo: a new-to-me herb & salsa recipe

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Papalo. I saw a bunch of this stuff at Farmer Jesus’ table at the market recently and I couldn’t resist. I always ask him what he does with things, only to remember that he’s basically too busy farming to cook much. So then he tells me what other customers tell him they do with it. … Continue reading

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An Ode to the Start of Farmers Market-ing

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FARMERS MARKET SEASON HAS BEGUN! At least my Mount Vernon market opened today, on the oh-so-happy first day of May. It’s been a long winter folks, and I was so happy to see those familiar farmer faces today. Especially Jesús Ochoa, who I wrote about last year. I planned my meals for the week with a big question … Continue reading

Thanksgiving side dishes to bring — from the farm

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Today was the last day for my ’round-the-corner farmers market in Mount Vernon, the last time I get to buy brussel sprouts and butternut squash from my favorite farmer, Jesús. But it’s also the day before Thanksgiving, the day for thanking God for the bounty before us — and boy did I come home with … Continue reading

This is how local food should be

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I was having a rough morning at the farmers market today. I had already stopped by in a rush just after it opened at 8 a.m. to have my pick of the seconds bin apples at Twin Springs Fruit Farm‘s stand. While in line, I glanced into my wallet to find a severe lack of … Continue reading

Weeknight dinners: shepherd’s pie, grilled cheese, pulled pork

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After a weekend out of town and then one thing after another, I didn’t even make it to the grocery store until Thursday of this week. By the time Wednesday night rolled around, I was dying to cook something. Somehow I ended up making three photo-worthy dinners by Friday night, so I thought I would … Continue reading

The happiest farmer at the market

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I was perusing the peppers one morning when I caught myself eavesdropping (as usual) on a conversation between a farmer and his customers at the market. I had a few clues as to what they were discussing — though they were chatting in Spanish — as he picked up the uniquely orange watermelon and handed … Continue reading

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