Saint Paul Farmer’s Market Finds: Week 2

Hi all!  I hope you’re all having a fantastic Sunday, and are able to enjoy some time outside wherever you are!

 

As I type this, I’m sitting on a chair on our balcony, soaking up the sun with a little corgi by my side.  There’s not a cloud in the sky.  The last 3 days have been absolutely PERFECT in the Twin Cities, we’ve been so lucky!  And it sure has made this whirlwind of a weekend that much more enjoyable 🙂 It has been a crazy one – from my brother’s college graduation in Winona on Friday to my cousin’s wedding in Red Wing yesterday, I’m glad I was still able to sneak in some time to stop at the Farmer’s Market!

 

There was a lot more available this week: more veggies, flowers and vendors overall than there were opening weekend.  I was ecstatic to snag some fresh chives, zucchini and asparagus, and also got my hands on some ground beef, bacon and of course eggs!

 

Oh, and can’t forget about the kimchi. If you don’t know what kimchi is, it’s a traditional Korean side dish made from fermenting vegetables (most commonly cabbage) and adding seasonings.  It’s pretty similar to saurkraut, but is fermented at a different temperature and ends up being a bit higher in salt and lower in acid.  Additionally, traditional saurkraut is only composed of two ingredients (cabbage and brine), while kimchi has extra spices and is cut into larger chunks.

The kimchi I get at the market is from Natasha’s Pierogi Traditional Food, which is a local company that makes pierogi, dumplings, cabbage rolls, homemade soup, ginger sauce and other fermented food products like saurkraut. Be sure to check out their booth if you make your way to the Saint Paul Farmer’s Market!

 

As soon as I got home from the market, I couldn’t help but make a “farmer’s market omelet” with all of the delicious goodies.  I stuffed it with some chopped up chives, kimchi and a couple pieces of bacon. AMAZING.  There’s something about eating fresh, local foods: they seem to taste SO much better.

 

I obviously didn’t spend a lot of time styling this omelet to be photographed (real life, people), but I’m sharing it with you anyway 🙂

 

 

Now I want to hear from you! What’s your favorite way to enjoy the veggies you get at the farmer’s market?

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