The Downtown Bloomington Farmers Market sends a handy e-mail before every market; the “What’s Fresh and Fun” e-mail lists every vendor and what they’re bringing with them on Saturday. I use it to plan our meals during the week, and even though spring is just getting started, farmers have plenty of fresh, local food to share, from fresh produce to preserved fruit, locally raised meat and poultry and local grains.
Here’s a menu based on all of the vendors who will be at the market this week:
Make shakshuka for breakfast with Above Normal Eggs – the recipe calls for a touch of honey, which you can get from C & B Apiaries. Use that honey for another great breakfast – on toast with avocado with bread from Central Illinois Bakehouse.
Dinner can be grilled pork from Huelskoetter Pork with arugula salad from PrairiErth Farm. Make a sandwich with bacon (here are a bunch of ideas) from Destiny Meats . Check out the beef from Bauer Crops and Cattle and serve a roast with local potatoes, carrots, and a fresh salad – all from Saturday’s market.
I LOVE the dried herbs and spices from Granni’s Acres – I’ve been sprinkling their dehydrated veggies in everything. (Try adding their dried radish powder or jalapeño powder to soups or to mayo for sandwiches.)
See you at the Market!