07 June 2008

On what promised to be a very hot, muggy day, I rose early and made my weekly trip to the farmer's market. Because of my new promise to myself to try to live healthier (i.e., less fatty foods, more veggies and exercise), I rode my bike. I have a 1960s cruiser that was actually my mother's bike. I've outfitted it with a cute basket and thought it would be perfect for my weekly farmer's market runs (since I live about 1/2 mile from the market). Can't you just imagine how wonderfully chic I must look - with the breeze blowing, my fresh veggies filling the basket as I pedal calmly down the tree-lined streets?!

Now, I haven't been on a bike since, well, let's just say I think I may have been in high school at the time. While I didn't forget how to ride my bike, I surely didn't remember how hard it can be! I had to actually walk the bike up a hill along the way. Very sad. But, I promise to persevere and make it the whole way one of these days!

The market was bustling as usual, although everyone was complaining of the mugginess even at 8:00 in the morning. Alas, the Virginia summer has truly set in. But, with summer comes all sorts of yummy things including fresh cherries, lettuces, peaches, squash, watermelon, and all sorts of beans and peas. I brought home some English peas for shelling, some plump green beans for steaming, and a variety of lettuces. I also treated myself to a pint of fresh cherries (since my strawberries are dwindling) and some garlic, parsley, and chive goat cheese (yum!) for sprinkling in my salads or making frittatas.

Anyway, a nice, leisurely, muggy, need-a-shower-already kind of day. Happy summer!


Theresa said...

I am really wanting a bike, especially an older one with some character like yours. I was on a bike three years ago in the Vineyard, and before that, it was probably junior high. Needless to say, I totally embarrassed myself - and even crashed into a poor child (he wasn't hurt, but told his dad "It wasn't my fault, I swear!"). I think I need some practice.

Enat said...

Momentum is not my friend, so I can't help you with the bike, but I do have something for you on the English Peas front! I made this yesterday after picking up supplies at the farmer's market:

Fava Bean/English Pea Crostini!
I put in about a handful of fresh english peas and a handful of fresh fava beans, and a handful of mint leaves. Put them in the food processor with a couple of tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon juice, salt, and a half cup of parmesan cheese (not from market). Then as I worked the food processor, I streamed in olive oil till it was the consistency of a spread.

Took some toasted sourdough and rubbed it with a garlic clove to get the essence. Then put the spread on the bread.

(i saw this recipe on Jamie at Home Saturday morning).

I served it on the side of an heirloom tomato salad with fresh basil, balsamic, and olive oil.