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May 2, 2010

Farmers' Market opening day

RhubarbJust got back from the Baltimore Farmers' Market.

I bought strawberries (from Virginia), asparagus, rhubarb, mushrooms, fresh ginger, a cinnamon brioche bun for my  7-year-old daughter (who tagged along while my son and husband slept in), a mango Wheely Good Smoothie (also for my daughter, even though she got stage fright and made me to the pedaling), a falafel wrap (for me), and a bunch of plants for the garden: jalapeno and bell peppers, flat-leaf parsley, tarragon and corn.

I have no idea what I spent. I don't think I want to know.

The corn plants were kind of a lark. I haven't tried corn in the garden for years. I'll be satisfied if we get one ear out of them.

I'm hoping to make strawberry-rhubarb pie and asparagus soup later today. If the heat gets to me, maybe I'll just keep eating those strawberries fresh. Not a bad backup plan.

What did everyone else buy? And who can tell me how to get the most out of those corn plants?

Photo by Anna Rosina

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 10:51 AM | | Comments (12)


Good luck with the corn. You may have to share with deer or raccoons!

I bought strawberries and rhubarb. Maybe some stewed rhubarb with strawbs...

We got two containers of strawberries, a pound of mesclun, two bunches of asparagus (probably overpriced), and a pound of salmon.

I bought eastern shore strawberries, but no rhubarb. We already ate the strawberries in whole grain pancakes--so good!

Waited all week to get back to this old week-end morning tradition (Haven't been down since 14 yrs. ago) Got an unusual omellete with veggies, sausage, surrounded by a wrap followed by an ice cream sundae. Toured withfriends and people-watched and enjoyed the beautiful girls -after all its the begining of spring! Saw new Mayor Rawlings-Blake and said hello after an absence from Charm City of 5 yrs.--not too bad a morning!

Let me see: There was a waiting line for the wait numbers to wait for the usually-excellent mushroom oyster fritters..........

"Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded..." -attributed to Yogi Berra

Zeke's coffee, rib eye from Hickory Chance Farm, asparagus and strawberries from Tom McCarthy (aka the Bean Guy), beautiful spinach from Pahl's, spring onions, lump crab meat, some goat sausage from Many Rocks Farm, and red beans and rice from Ethel and Ramone's for lunch!

Green onions the size of comets.

YES to those green onions, Calvert! There's at least one bunch going on the grill shortly.
Brushed with a mix of salt, pepper, and olive oil. Yum.

Strawberries, spring onions and asparagus. A container of fresh salsa. GrendBoy got mother a pair of earrings for Mother's Day and we shared a cinnamon bun.

I'll tell you most successful "pesticide" spray is a homemade mix of Sriracha sauce, garlic powder, and water to dilute it enough to spray. I don't know if you deal with deer, but this works well to keep bugs and rodents/rabbits off the cornstalks. The only downside to this method is the constant washes off very easily when it rains.

falnfenix - Be careful when using hot ingredients to discourage rabbits, squirrels, deer, etc. from eating your garden. If the animals use their paws to pick stuff up and get the hot stuff on them and then rub their eyes, it burns so much they have been known to scratch their eyes out because of the pain. Plant things the animals don't like around the tasty stuff (like marigolds).

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