If You Can’t Grow It, Buy It

But buy it Farm Fresh!

My family is now committed to supporting our local farmers, and are now visiting, and buying, from our local Gilbert Farmers Market, which is open year round, from 7-11 a.m, every Saturday morning. What a fun-filled way to spend the morning.. And, if you are of the mindset, they have a variety of choices for breakfast at the Market.

I always wanted to live on a farm, or better yet, a working ranch, where I could have horses to ride anytime I wanted, and chickens to get fresh eggs from everyday, and grow a beautiful garden like I hear other people talk about…. If you ever lived that life…you were living my dream…Well, that plan, for me, never came to pass…However, that never detoured me from always trying to have some of those things in my life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to plant a beautiful garden in the spring only to find myself calling the time of death of each plant by the beginning of summer… Some plants just died period, some were eaten by birds, like all of my tomatoes I planted even though my husband, Bill, bought enough plastic mesh to wrap our entire neighborhood in an effort to keep the birds off my two tomato plants…but, still, I never gave up on trying to find a way to have farm fresh food for my family to enjoy… 🙂

Bill and I visited several farmers markets when we lived in Ahwatukee, but for us, it wasn’t anything I would shout for joy about…just some veggies that looked like what I could buy at my local Fry’s food store and more often than not, the market was more about people showing off their craft projects than locally grown fruits/veggies from our local farmers. As time went on we just didn’t attend the “farmers markets” anymore.

But, that was then, and this is now and I am shouting for JOY that Bill and I attended the Gilbert Farmers Market early this morning and  BOOM!!! We hit pay dirt BIG time… Now, I am so sorry to say I didn’t take my camera to the Gilbert’s Farmers Market, real photographers would think about that, but goof offs like me…,sometimes don’t. 🙂

I am almost embarrassed to say that we have lived in the Chandler/Gilbert area now for a year this past April and I just now found out about this FABULOUS Gilbert Farmers Market that is practically in our own back yard… but what really matters is I did find it, and Bill and I went this morning, and I am happy to report we found so many great farm fresh things for us to enjoy this week. Take a look.

The heirloom tomatoes and beautiful fresh basil we will have for dinner tonight with fresh mozzarella cheese drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil to create our salad… That will be pared with the chicken Bill smoked today.. More on that smoked chicken later.:) The poblano peppers will be stuffed with a Weight Watchers friendly quinoa, corn, black bean, and cheese filling and served with a fresh salad later in the week. The farm fresh peaches will become Chef Shantel’s peach cobbler for desert tomorrow, along with her recipe for BBQ chicken which Bill will prepare to her orders… I can’t eat sweets, but if I could, I would be all over that peach cobbler… 🙂

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Moving on, take a look at the farm fresh eggs we found today which will be part of our Sunday breakfast tomorrow…OMG white, light green, brown etc…what is not to love? I can’t wait…

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We also happened upon a booth that has everything pickled you could ever want… we picked these beautiful bread & butter pickles this week but will be back to try many, many, more…

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And, of course, we couldn’t pass up the speciality popcorn booth with offerings such as dill pickle, buffalo wing, fruity, camel, kettle, and many, many, more . Our daughter, Shantel  put in her request saying “if you see any speciality popcorn booths please get me some”…Ask and you shall receive… Oh, by the way she did say “thanks mom/papa”.

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So, all in all we came away feeling really good that we were able to purchase farm fresh food, from our local farmers, and we had such a fun-filled time visiting with every vendor… We will be back again next week.

P.S. That smoked chicken my husband spent all day smoking….will be for dinner tonight. Then, I will make smoked chicken panni’s tomorrow, and the real reason I wanted Bill to smoke chicken is I make a wonderful smoked chicken pasta salad… the secret I will share with you is you must have fresh smoked chicken, then pull it off the bone and use it in you chicken pasta salad recipe, but the real secret is to make it the day before you want to serve it so the smoke flavor goes all through the pasta and other ingredients… Try it, you’ll love it!!! 🙂

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill Kirnberger
    Jun 22, 2013 @ 23:37:19

    I love the bread and butter pickles, we were able to taste them and the rest of the fresh canned items if we wanted too, I didn’t because I probably would have bought it all. A good time was had by all!

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  2. gotham girl
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 02:03:37

    OMG…my mouth is watering and my stomach is growling! How cool! Fabulous photos and oh how I love farmers markets!!! Enjoy, Enjoy, Enjoy! xoxo MORE!

    Reply

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