Sunday is a great day to get to the market, especially during a holiday weekend. The farmers market in Florence is a favorite. The venue is small but has diverse selections of local produce and meats. At Florence Mill Farmers Market, the vendors are friendly and knowledgeable. The produce is crisp, fresh and fragrant. The grass fed beef steaks are tender and flavorful. The ground beef is perfect for grilling and works extremely well for everyday dishes.
Of course, more time and money can be spent at the market. But the Florence Mills Farmers Market is one of the few places to spend $20 and 20 minutes and end up with enough food to prepare for a week’s worth of meals. But remember the best food is food that you use so only get what you can process and prepare (or share with others) before spoiling.
The Florence Mill Farmers Market, one of the best places to spend time on a Sunday. The market runs from 10am to 3pm on Sundays from June through September.
Add depth and punch of flavor to cool and hot drinks, sauces, meats, grains, soups and salads with this versatile herb. Refreshing with cubed or balled tricolor melon salad.
Crisp and fresh swiss chard. Packed with vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A and Iron. Can be served as main dish when used as a wrap for grains and other vegetables. Versatile side dish in stir-fry. Can be substituted in recipes that call for kale or collards. More delicate than kale.
Look for pods that are 3 to 4 inches long, soft and supple. Longer pods tend to be harder. Should give a little when you touch them. Can be fried, sauteed, and used in soups. Surprising addition to summer stir fry with sweet corn, brown rice and kale. Freezes well.
Washed, picked (broken ends from pods) and blanched – ready for storing in freezer or cooking. Prepared with olive oil garlic and onion in a hot skillet. Served with roasted garlic fingerlings.
Fresh corn in bag
Great to have bag from vendor to store corn while shopping at the market and for the ride home. More durable than many other bags and corn ears do not poke through during handling.
Sweet corn – bicolor
Bicolor sweet corn is some of the sweetest corn available. Comes in many varieties. Store with husks to retain moisture longer. Once husks are removed (shucking) then cook or store within three days. Moisture level decreases dramatically after shucking.
Another sweet corn variety from Two Pickin Chicks, really sweet, firm and crispy. Boil for eating right away, blanch for freezing or cut from the cob for canning. Use cut corn for skillet fried sweet corn too!