As we prepare for a long holiday weekend, market shopping lists fill with ingredients to make dishes suitable for the outdoor dining season. If you’ve not yet dusted off the grill, this weekend promises to be just about perfect grilling weather (i.e., no rain gear will be needed – woot!). The farmers’ market will be fully stocked with proteins for main courses and produce for side dishes, as well as strawberries for dessert. While I’ve not settled on my Memorial Day menu just yet, I’ve book marked a few resources:
- Hamburgers are a classic grill go to and this list of 33 burger recipes provides inspiration to kick up the flavors a bit.
- If not this weekend, at some point over the summer this skirt steak with chimicurri sauce will be on my plate.
- Before the season passes, I’ve got to try these charred asparagus tacos.
- New potatoes have come in season recently and are a favorite side dish warm (like these simple smashed potatoes or Hasselback sweet potato with rosemary and garlic) or cool (potato salad with yogurt, arugula & dill).
- Greens make a wonderful side dish too. I might try grilling bok choy or shredding some kale for this Tuscan kale caesar slaw.
- I still have pie on my mind, even after sampling several sweet treats at last weekend’s SEEDS Pie Social. I can’t decide between this Strawberry margarita pie or Nancie McDermott’s Strawberry Icebox Pie… might just have to try both. 🙂
That’s enough food for thought. Now, let’s get down to what’s up a local markets this weekend.
- Southern Village Farmers’ Market welcomes Executive Chef Adam Rose of Chapel Hill’s Il Palio Ristorante this Thursday afternoon. Expect samples of his Strawberry Pavlova incorporating strawberries from market vendor Rocky Run Farm. If you’re in the market for beef or pork, seek out Valley View Farm’s yellow trailer. Then stick around post market for an evening of lively Big Band music performed by the 17-piece Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra (7 – 9 pm).
- Strawberry celebrations continue at Holly Springs Farmers’ Market during Strawberry Day this Saturday. NC Seafood fans might enjoy fish and shellfish caught by local, owner-operated fishing boats on the North Carolina coast brought to the market by Bullock’s Seafood. If you do visit this market, be sure to stop by the Pipa’s Farm tent for fresh herbs to complement your culinary creations.
- You might spot a few colorfully costumed Doughman teams running around Durham Central Park and the Durham Farmers’ Market area Saturday. If you do spot a Doughman participant, give ’em a big cheer of encouragement (and donations are even more encouraging)! At the market you’ll certainly spot plenty of grillable produce items as summer squash and zucchini have started to appear.
In just a couple of weekends, food and farm fans will flock to the annual Farm to Fork Picnic in Hurdle Mills (just a bit north of Hillsborough) on June 9th. The farm and restaurant pairings have been announced (all 34 of them) and tickets are still available, though they may not be for much longer! Make sure you get your tickets soon. Up for volunteering at the event? They could sure use your help – see the website to sign up (one of the great perks of volunteering is free, delicious eats).
That’s the farmers’ market news for this week folks. Remember, you can always find hours of operation and more market info on the Triangle Localista Farmers’ Market Map and Calendar whenever you like. As always, thanks for keeping it local!