I love this time of year! First of all I live in New England, so by March I’m ready for spring, but spring does not arrive here in March. I patiently wait for April, but April Fools, it’s still 40 out! And this May I had the heat on the beginning of the month. But finally it is June and temps have been in the 60’s & 70’s. Everything is lush and green again and the flowers are all in bloom! But my favorite part about summer is the beginning of all the local Farmer’s Markets! Yes I love food…especially organic locally grown food!
Today was my maiden voyage to the Cohasset Farmer’s Market. My first stop was Holly Hill Farm, a local certified organic & educational farm (where I teach outdoor yoga starting this Saturday 6/18). I was greeted by Jean White and her granddaughter Sophie. So much to choose from. The spicy lettuce mix which is my all time favorite followed closely by the arugula which is the best I have ever tasted. Beautiful head lettuce, kale and Swiss Chard. And another favorite this time of year sugar snap peas! So hard to choose, but ended up with spicy mix (bought arugula at their farm stand over the weekend), kale, sugar snap peas and cilantro.
The next vendor I stumbled upon was DaSilva Farm from Berkley, MA. They raise Free-Range, NON-GMO eggs and Pasture-Raised chickens. No growth hormones, antibiotics or synthetic feed. So great to find folks that raise chickens in a humane manner! So bought a dozen eggs and some chicken thighs to try.
Passed by Dean’s Beans who I’ve been told have excellent coffee beans, I just can’t drink caffeine. Then Jenny D’s Bees, very yummy local honey, Local honey is great for pollen allergies, just take a teaspoon a day or drizzle over your berries (which is what I did).
Glad to see Lightning Willow Tree Farm back. Meaghen crafts all natural soaps and skin care products. I can’t wait to go back for her Goddess Oil, what women would not want to use a product called “Goddess Oil”?? I’m in!
Speaking of berries, stopped by to see my favorite mother/daughter team at Cretinon’s Farm. They had beautiful red ripe fresh strawberries so sweet that I really didn’t need Jenny D’s honey but they tasted good together any way. Much better than the berries from the supermarket with no flavor. I also bought fresh radishes and cucumbers, two of my favorite salad enhancers for adding crunchy goodness.
On my way home I already started to plan what my first dish would be. This is what I came up with and wanted to share!
Quinoa and Sugar Snap Pea Salad
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
1/2 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
1/4 pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, chopped (I snip with scissors)
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
2 cups arugula
- Cook quinoa according to package.
- Place peas in salted water for about one minute. Remove and place in ice bath or run under cold water. Cut into thirds.
- Toast pine nuts over medium heat in a small frying pan.
- In a large salad bowl, mix the lemon juice and zest, olive oil, salt and pepper.
- When quinoa is done cooking add to salad bowl along with the peas, pine nuts, parsley and chives and lightly toss.
- Divide arugula among 4 plates and top with the quinoa salad.
Feel free to sway things up, you could use walnuts or pumpkin seeds. Swap chives for scallions or red onion. Use mint instead of parsley. Add white beans, tofu, chicken or shrimp for extra protein. Use spicy mix or greens of your choice.
Remember to support your local farmers and vendors, it is great for your health, the environment and local economy!
Look for me this summer at the Cohasset Farmer’s market cooking up a “STORM”