Saturday Morning Market Finds

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Tiger Eye Dried Beans

 

Welcome back to Vegan Mami’s Good Food Kitchen! Saturday morning I enjoyed a shopping trip to my local Farmer’s Market. I’ve always enjoyed the atmosphere of the market filled with like-minded shoppers, who crowd in around the different tables and displays offered by the farmers and  venders. Customers are generously plied with samples and antidotes about items for sale. The venders are talkative and happy to answer any and all questions about their businesses. And there is a general sense of community among everyone, and a sense of relaxation and enjoyment, as people visit with one another sharing their hauls and munching on an appetizing treat or two, maybe accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee or tea. They also crowd around  and enjoy the audible art of the performers, who are more likely than not, local musicians.

Today I purchased potatoes,  dried beans and bok choy. The bok choy, which I purchased from Heron Pond Farm, from South Hampton N.H., was on the smallish side (baby bok choy), and its leaves were dark green and gloriously generous. I could just imagine seeing them swimming luxuriously in a brothy bowl of soup!

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Bok Choi

The dried beans, from The Root Seller located in Nottingham NH, were just lovely, and I was excited about trying them. I chose Tiger Eye, Flageolet, Jacob’s Cattle, Cranberry and Arikara Yellow. As soon as I returned home I set about soaking the tiger eye variety, to see how those cooked up and tasted.

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Bean Haul

 

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Tiger Eyes Soaking in Water

I boiled the Tiger Eye beans with 1/2 onion, one bay leaf and one smashed garlic clove and them cooked until tender. The beans were nice with a mild flavor and a texture similar to chickpeas (garbanzo beans). I cooked them a bit longer  to see if they would become creamy, but they still retained a small bite and seemed to begin breaking apart. Seems like they would be a versatile bean, working well in soups and stews and definitely standing on there own as a solo plate of beans. They would also puree well and make a nice bean dip or spread, in the same way chickpeas can be made into hummus.

I also purchased two five pound bags of potatoes from Riverside Farm Stand and Greenhouse  from Berwick Maine. I chose Yukon Gold Gem, and Rose Gold. I know from past experiences, my husband and I enjoy the Yukon Gold as an all purpose potato; using it for oven fries, mashed potatoes, in soups and stews, and baked potatoes. The Rose Gold, we had never tried before, and I thought it would be interesting to see what the difference could be.

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Spuds!

I cooked one potato of each kind in a saucepan filled with cold water, bought to the boil and then cooked over medium heat until the potatoes were tender. I cooked them this way, because I wanted them as unadorned as possible, even using no salt, to taste them just as they are with no condiments whatsoever. I wanted their individual flavors and textures to shine through.

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Potato Taste Test

The Yukon Gold Gem cooked up as I had expected, but it was not as gold as others we have had, and it seemed to share a bit of the floury texture of a russet potato. But it was definitely a waxy potato with very thin skin, which could easily be left on for cooking and eating.It was mildly sweet, with a rounded almost nutty, potato flavor.

And then came the Rose Gold! Wow! What a surprise! A waxy texture with no floury consistency whatsoever. The color was definitely a lovely rose gold hue, and the skin was also thin and suitable for leaving on the potato, if desired. The flavor was creamy and sweet and needed no embellishment at all. I imagined steaming them and having them with a salad; either cubed and tossed on top, or sliced and served on the side. I could imagine preparing these potatoes in any way imaginable and they would only improve the recipe. A new favorite, without a doubt!

All in all, it was a good, enjoyable trip to the Farmer’s Market. Even though it was not a good day for finding moneysaving values, I did find  items, that are local and of the highest quality as compared to what I would find in the chain grocery stores. My shopping haul total came to $31.80 cents. The dried beans were $5.00 a 1lb bag; I purchased 5 bags, which allowed me to get one bag free (special pricing from The Root Seller). The potatoes were $5.00 a 5lb bag, which is an average price for local  potatoes grown in the Seacoast area. The bok choy I chose came to $1.80 and I was very happy with that purchase.

Thank you for visiting Mami’s Good Food Kitchen today, and letting me share with you my market finds. Remember to feed yourself and your loved ones good, honest food. Eat as unprocessed as possible, as local as possible and always try new things!

Eat like it matters- because it really does!

Local Values at Local Grocery Stores

Good morning, and welcome to Vegan Mami’s  Good Food Kitchen. Sit down for a moment and enjoy a nice, warm comforting cup of tea. Today I’m having a nice little herbal from Celestial Seasonings, called Watermelon Lime Zinger. Very light; very refreshing; it’s a delicious little tea.

This morning as I was going through my mail, I noticed some really good prices in the circulars of the local grocery stores in the Seacoast NH Area. Right away, my attention perked up when I noticed sales on the produce pages of the circulars. I don’t usually bother with the rest of the circulars because I am only interested in whole foods or produce and other items that might be of value.

First, in the SHAW’s advertisements, I noticed

  • fresh  collard greens or kale,  .99 per bunch
  • Pricing good Dec. 9th thru Dec. 15

 

Second, in the Hannaford advertisements, I noticed

  • clementines, 5 lb box  $3.99
  • cauliflower head, $1.99 each
  • Hannaford brand light or dark kidney beans, 15.5oz can  .69 each
  • Hannaford brand frozen vegetables, all varieties, 16 oz    .99 bag
  • 25% off all selected holiday merchandise (excludes candy)
  • pricing good Dec. 11th thru Dec. 17

 

And lastly, in the Market Basket advertisements,

  • Roma Plum tomatoes  .99 lb
  • Idaho potatoes  1.99 per 5 lb bag
  • Eggplant  .99 lb
  • European Seedless cucumber  .89 each
  • Brussel Sprouts  $1.99 lb
  • Red Onions  .69 lb
  • Green Beans .99 lb
  • Zucchini squash .99 lb
  • Celery with leaves 1.29 bunch
  • Butternut Squash .49 lb
  • Yams .49 lb
  • Jumbo Stuffing Mushrooms 40 0z pkg, $6.99
  • Ginger Root, $1.49 lb
  • King Arthur Flour 5 lb bags, 2 bags for $4.oo
  • Pricing good Dec. 11th thru Dec. 24th

Easily I could see Market Basket was the clear winner in the store offering more discounts in the fresh produce section. So if you’d like to save a few pennies and need to stock up on your fresh veggies, I would definitely suggest you start off there.

Remember, the healthiest way to shop is by having a list and sticking with it as close as possible and keeping your pathway to the parameter of the store. The prepared foods containing chemicals, sodium and other unwanted and non-nutritive ingredients, are usually in the middle isles. Of course there are exceptions, such as dried beans, rices, pastas, oatmeal and some canned products; such as tomatoes or canned beans or jarred tomato sauce. Just read labels and make sure you know what you are getting, and that it’s something that you are willing to pay for, and is something you are choosing to feed your family or yourself. While it’s important to enjoy our food, it’s also important to remember food is necessary  to nourish our bodies and help keep us healthy. And being as healthy as we can be in this life is undeniably the best path to be on.

So thank you for dropping by and letting me share my information with you.At the very least, I hope this encourages and reminds you to look for ways to get more fresh produce into your life, and onto your table. And remember, be patient with yourself and your family as you try a vegetable that may be new and out of the ordinary from what you are used to; sometimes it takes more than a couple tries to know for sure if you and your loved ones will become accustomed to it.

Happy Shopping! Always remember to feed your body good foods, prepared well; and feed your soul happy and loving thoughts!