This past Saturday, my friend Amanda and I ventured out to the Downtown Farmers’ Market. I’d been there a number of times already, but it was Amanda’s first visit. And though I wasn’t a first-time visitor, it had been too long since I’d been there. This particular market has expanded quite a bit since I was last there, and I enjoyed seeing all that it had to offer.
While I intended to stock up on a lot of produce, I admittedly blew well over half of my budget at Dai Due, which is one of my favorite places to obtain meats. I bought a full pound of wild boar chorizo (worth every penny), and also a tub of delicious pimento cheese.
After that, I was left with just enough money for a basket of figs. Which doesn’t sound like much, but it became part of an amazing pasta salad on Sunday night: bowtie pasta, chopped figs, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and a ton of balsamic vinegar. I wish I had photos, but unfortunately, my camera battery was dead, and we didn’t want to wait until it recharged to have dinner.
The pimento cheese went on the most perfect loaf of honey whole wheat bread I have ever made (again, dead camera battery means that this moment of culinary beauty was fleeting), and the chorizo went into an excellent chili, made with fresh peppers from one of Jon’s coworkers. So while I didn’t get much in quantity, I came away with a few quality items that made for two excellent dinners and lots of leftovers.