We had our first family visit to the farmers’ market today. It’s held three days per week. Once we move, we’ll be nearly next door to this bustling outdoor event. Much better than having to haul everything back on the bus!
Markets like this are great for us because all the fresh fruit and vegetables are allergy-friendly. No label reading or translating required. To keep things easy (and safe), we tend to cook lots of whole foods with few ingredients. While this can be a healthy way to eat, we don’t always have the option of throwing a frozen pizza in the oven – which would be nice once in a while.
Today’s purchases included real Swiss chard. I was curious about the origin of the veggie’s name, and it turns out a Swiss botanist first identified this leafy super-vegetable. Low in calories and full of vitamins, I sometimes mash it in with sweet potatoes or black beans and use it in fried rice for my food-allergic son.
More recipes forthcoming with ingredients from the farmer’s market!