This morning, since the "boys" are all off for some snow play, I had the opportunity to venture down to our local farmer's market to see what wonderful fresh produce I could pick up for this coming week. Of course, the danger in attending this great weekly event is the yummy baked goods, sausages, and other items for sale, which are not in my budget. Finding a vendor with the items I was looking for, I picked a couple bunches of lovely looking beets with their greens, and a small bag of baby greens. If you buy beets like this, cut the greens from the beets right away, about an inch above the roots. The greens should be used as soon as possible. Mine will go into a pair of beet green quiches. The beets will probably get roasted, though I may make a raw shredded beet and carrot salad with a ginger vinaigrette dressing. The salad will go along with our spaghetti night.
If you have a local farmer's market, I highly recommend you check it out. The challenge, for those of us on a budget, is to resist what's outside that budget. Go with some idea of what you're looking for, and "stay on target". This is a great way to support your local farmers, avoid buying food that's been shipped thousands of miles, buy produce in season, and save money. The farmer's market is just one way we do all of those things. It's a win all the way around.
Now, off to finish my menu plan for the week!