Well, I've been keeping a little quiet about it, but this past weekend marked an important occasion in my overall happiness: the Fredericksburg City farmer's market had more than two vendors - this is officially the start of the season! There was the cheese makers; the herb guy (who walked away with $10 of my hard-earned cash in exchange for borage, lavender, and dill plants as well as this fantastic nutmeg-scented geranium); some random plant vendors; and those with mixed offerings (eggs, soap, flowers).
There was sadly only one veggie vendor (C&T Produce of Stafford County, VA) but their offerings were plentiful (albeit not all local or organic). I walked away with a huge bag of curly kale and a pint of red-skinned potatoes. I love me some kale. The watercress was also plentiful at C&T and some local chef arrived when I was there and loaded bag after bag of the stuff - guess there is a great watercress dish being offered now somewhere in Fredericksburg!
Inspiration for what to do with my kale and potatoes came from one of my favorite recipe sites: a kale and potato gratin. I did alter it a bit, adding some skim milk, leaving out the bread crumbs, and using lowfat cheddar cheese. But it gives the kale a great garlicky taste and yum, yum, yum. I added in some crumbled faux meat for some of my meals of it (makes a good amount) but the pure potato/kale combo can't be beat. Horray for leafy greens!