Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Something You'll Never See in the Supermarket

I was cutting up the last of the seasons tomatoes and some carrots to make spaghetti sauce - mmmm, smells so good simmering on the stove - when I came across these funny looking carrots. Now, these would never make it to your local big box supermarket - or even to Whole Foods. I read in a book recently (I'm thinking it was Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally) that approximately 40% of food grown in America never makes it to the store much less the table because it is imperfect somehow. I have no doubt these funky carrots would have been deemed imperfect for the American consumer.
But I didn't buy them a a local supermarket. I bought these from Happy Boy Farm at the local (San Mateo College) Farmer's Market. I decided to wait to cut them up until the kids get home. They'll get such a kick out of these.

In addition to funny looking carrots, the Farmer's Market has so many other interesting things that you might not see at your local grocery store. For instance, we enjoyed yellow watermelon multiple times this summer. This year was the first time I've encountered such a thing but it was DELICIOUS! So sweet, juicy and tastes like summer. We also had a rare white watermelon which was, um, interesting but a bit bland. I'm glad I tried it though.

As summer wanes, we're enjoying the last of the tomatoes, strawberries and stone fruit. But here come the pumpkins, butternut squash and who knows what else I'll discover at our year long farmer's market. Find one near you. They are an adventure!


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