A s I’ve said before, I often walk into the farmers market with no plans for the weekly menu, waiting for inspiration to strike.
And it never fails that there’s always something that seems to speak to me. Keeping an open mind, and an open palate, allows me to really see the produce, protein and dairy products at the market, and all their possibilities.
This week’s trip to the farmers market yielded a very convenient find — a little bag of mixed root vegetables from Fullness Organic Farms, which is relatively new to Baton Rouge.
A lovely variety of root vegetables — carrots, turnips, beets, radishes — had been collected in one pouch, saving me some time and money gathering up all those vegetables in larger quantities. Of course, you can always find something to do with extra vegetables, but after a particularly tiring week, I welcomed this little gift.
Another great find from Fullness was a little box of tender microgreens.
Microgreens are the shoots of salad greens and other vegetables picked just after the first leaves have developed. Microgreens not only pack intense flavor and make a lovely garnish, they are good for you, too. Studies published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry say the nutritional value of microgreens is higher than that of the mature plants.
I occasionally find fresh catfish at the market before it sells out, so I usually grab it when I see it. Paired with a tangy lemon sauce, this broiled, flaky fish serves up beautifully on a bed of the microgreens.
While I never know what will speak to me at the market, I love listening for what produce and other foods are just begging to be served at my table.
Teresa B. Day is a local food writer and author of the “I Eat BR” blog. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.