Hello! I’m Dori, a friend of Michelle’s from way back in middle school. I’m a self-taught cook and amateur herb gardener. I recently bought my first home, and have happily been growing herbs in my tiny fenced in back yard. I love fresh, seasonal produce and am finally starting to be less of a slave to recipes and improvise more, which makes it the perfect time to buy fun foods at a farmer’s market! Michelle asked me to take some pictures and write a post about the farmers market Michelle Obama opened in the middle of September. I took the opportunity to post a picture of the meal I made with ingredients from the market because I am a giant nerd who takes pictures of her food. :)
Frustratingly, most farmers markets in my area are inconveniently open in the middle of the week, in the middle of the day, making it pretty much impossible for someone who works full time to shop at them. So, like many other denizens of
The FreshFarm market is on
The market features many local and organic produce vendors selling a variety of fruits and vegetables. My personal favorites right now are the crazy varieties of tomatoes that are unavailable at the grocery store.
Lastly, I think I might be addicted to eating lavender. As soon as I left my building, I could smell the lavender booth. A sign proclaimed, “eat lavender!” and the
drug dealers vendors were offering free samples of chocolate and lavender covered almonds, which were very tasty. I could definitely taste the lavender, but it wasn’t overpowering. My bag of almonds smelled heavenly for the few days it lasted.
From last week's run, I made a grilled chicken salad with romaine and “rustic” guacamole. It's my adaptation of a Rick Bayless recipe. I added tomato and marinated the chicken to make it a little bit spicier. All ingredients were from the market except the chicken and the avocado. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture of my bison meatballs with cilantro yogurt sauce!