Tis the season: Benson Farmer’s Market
Posted by Jeanne on August 6, 2011
A lovely reader of my blog reminded me last night that it has been far, far too long since I posted. So Kristi, this one’s for you. 🙂
The refrain to eat fresh vegetables and buy local seems to get louder every year. We grow quite a few vegetables, as I’m sure my regular readers know. We are also lucky enough that there is a farmer’s market just a couple blocks from our house, which I decided to visit a couple Saturdays ago.
I got six ears of sweet corn and three squash (two yellow squash and one zucchini) for $5 – a huge bargain, because they are ready NOW. I love summer vegetables.
I seasoned them with salt and pepper, olive oil, and a little balsamic vinegar and grilled them for a few minutes to get some nice smoky flavor and soften them up a bit.
Then I made ratatouille, based very loosely on the recipe posted here. I only had two tiny eggplants, so it was definitely heavy on the squash and zucchini and light on eggplant. Still delicious though.
For the corn, I Curt cleaned the silk out but left the husks intact.
I mixed butter, mayo (I know, but it works so well), parmesean cheese, paprika, and salt & pepper and spread it on the corn. We then closed the husks around them and grilled – it made a delicious side dish.
It’s currently pre-10 AM on Saturday and if you live in Benson you still have plenty of time to get to the market! The Benson Farmer’s Market runs from 8 am to 1 pm Saturdays from May to October, and is located at the intersection of Maple Streets and Military Avenue in downtown Benson.
NB: I was asked to do this post, but was not compensated for writing it. I paid for my own items at the market.