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Sunday, September 7, 2014

If it's Thursday, This Must Be The East Gwillimbury Farmer's Market!!

Another Thursday night and another jaunt off to the East Gwillimbury Farmers Market. It's become a tradition for us this year. If I'm free on Thursday night, we're going!

As always, the market didn't disappoint. Seeing so much beautiful produce always makes me happy, and the people we meet there start to shift from being just people you buy from, into caring and really special individuals that you are happy to have in your life.

So after visiting with Chris, Marjo and everyone, it was time to head home with our haul! What a selection!!! Beautiful sweet corn, jalapenos and garlic, chioggia beets, rainbow swiss chard, tiny little brussels sprouts, dense dark mushrooms, firm deep purple eggplant and even a little golden watermelon. What to make, what to make...........

(As always, we picked up some of Niemi Family Farm's Finnish rye bread. But there was a new smell at the booth today. In the far right corner of the picture of our bounty you will spot a small piece of bread. This was all that remained of a foot long Coconut Cardamom Twist. I didn't realize that coconuts grew in Finland, but they must, because that was the best tasting coconut dish I have had in my life!!)

A quick pickle on the beets made a perfect starter.

A bit of double smoked German ham and some cream brought out the love in the brussels sprouts. (Don't forget a pinch of nutmeg!)
I saved the chard leaves for later, but I trimmed and blanched the stems and sauteed them off with smoky sausage and caramelized onions.

The eggplant and mushrooms were dressed with roasted garlic olive oil(thanks Dianne!!) and grilled up to make a bed for some brats and souvlaki. Wrapping the eggplant around the sausage was so delicious. 

And then I decided to take a chance. They do say that there is a fine line between genius and madness, so I decided to wake the line. I steamed up the corn, seasoned it with salt and pepper and then brushed it with a generous layer of CAESAR DRESSING, before taking it to the grill. Yes, I did say caesar dressing. And you soooooooo need to try this!! All together, a spectacular taste of what Ontario tastes like.

And then this morning, a quick taste again! Jalapeno and Sweet Corn Hash with Fried Eggs. Tasting the love all over again!!!!!

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