Saturday @ Farmer’s Market
Ever since I became a foodie blogger I’ve been lusting after Farmer’s Markets. Several of my favorite foodie blogs and websites boast of farmer’s markets near them with enthusiastic praise and pictures but for some reason I got it into my head that my area just didn’t have any. At least I’d never seen any so I assumed that Whole Foods would be as close as I could get to local veggies and fruits.
But leave it to my trusty foodie friend, Nikki, and her fabulous google search abilities to find a list of local farmer’s markets near me! Definitely check out the link if you live in the Orange County area!
Since I usually work every Saturday I mentally crossed the Irvine Farmer’s Market off my list but when I found out I had today off, I knew I’d be hitting up Irvine come rain or shine. (Weatherman says its suppose to rain today. Boooo!)
I had such a great time walking up and down the aisles, looking at all the gorgeous fruits and vegetables. They were such bright colors and smelled amazing. I was getting dizzy from all the smells. After I got over the initial drug induced sensation from the first tour around the market, I got down to business and started buying! I bought some cilantro, white nectarines, fuji (not fugi, right Nikki? HAHA) apples, scallops, corn and basil. While I was looking at the basil, I found this eggplant who was “happy” to see me. LOL
Now you’ll never look at eggplant again with a straight face right? I know I won’t!
After I got home I decided to make herb ice cubes as suggested from my previous foodie question of the day, specifically with some cilantro. Nikki explained that she keeps her herbs fresh by picking off the leaves and freezing them in ice cube trays. So when she needs some for cooking, she grabs a cube (or 2). How cute is that??
They are chillaxing in my freezer right now but I’ll update later with pictures of my frozen cilantro cubes! No more black gooey herbs for me…. I hope. If this doesn’t work, maybe I’ll try the chia herb pet next?
UPDATED w/ cilantro cubes:
Happy Saturday everyone!
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