This post is the fourth in a series on meals prepared from ingredients purchased from the farmers market (previous post: Farmers Market Meal #3 – Tomato Basil Pesto Pizza). I’m fairly new to the farmers market scene. I’ve always had good intentions about purchasing local foods but never followed through because I felt lost walking through the stands wondering what to buy. I decided to combat this by coming up with a plan. Before going to the market, I research recipe ideas using seasonal ingredients with the objective of creating one easy meal with as many local ingredients as possible. This way, when I get to the market, I have focus. It definitely helps that my favorite market provides a sign up for weekly email updates about participating vendors and seasonal items.
This week, I cheated in two ways.
First, I skipped the farmers market and headed straight to the local fruit farm to pick strawberries. Strawberries came into season here last weekend. The weather has been glorious – sunny days with clear blue skies and low humidity, but the word is it will be a short season this year. This must be motivating people to get them while they can. According to the farmer, hundreds of people came out the day before. Fortunately, they left some for me.
Second, instead of a meal, I made dessert – strawberry shortcake.
(Trust me. There is some cake under all that strawberries and cream.)
About the Farm: Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda, PA started with 1,000 apple trees in 1872 and now produces apples, peaches, plums, pears, sweet corn, pumpkins, strawberries, cherries, blueberries and apricots. It’s a fun place to visit. In addition to U-pick strawberries and tart cherries, they have a farm cafe & shop and host a festival in the fall.