I love Friday mornings, it means the weekend is near! I started the morning off with a bowl of Little Red Wagon granola and Maple View Farm milk. I’ve really enjoyed eating granola in the morning. Usually cereals don’t hold me over until lunch, however, this granola is filling!
For lunch I had a sweet potato sprinkled with salt and pepper, strawberries, and Diet Cheerwine (of course). I’ve found during my local food challenge that I’m eating more “whole” foods, like fruits and vegetables. These foods provide me with a lot of fiber and keep me fuller for much longer. After my challenge I plan on shopping at the farmers market still and keeping these foods in my diet.
My coworker, Beth brought me a can of green beans. She worries constantly that I’m not getting enough to eat. The green beans were from her garden last summer and she canned them in August. Canning is such a great way to keep foods available year round. I decided to cook the green beans along with some onions I purchased from the State Farmers Market. I also cooked a vegan crabcake from Whole Foods, which was made with all local ingredients including the “fake meat.” Dinner was excellent! I have to admit I was a little nervous about the crabcake but it tasted exactly like the real deal.
I was craving something sweet. I sliced a few local strawberries and topped them off with whipped cream from Salisbury. The strawberries and cream satisfied my sweet tooth! I can really tell a difference between North Carolina strawberries and those grown in California. They are so much sweeter and juicier. I think I’m going to be depressed when strawberry season comes to an end.
On Saturday morning I woke up early to spend the day with Madeline, my childhood best friend. We had a big day planned! So, I hit the road after eating a bowl of Little Red Wagon granola, local strawberries, and Maple View Farm Milk.
Madeline and I spent the morning and afternoon in Carrboro. Our first stop was Weaver Street Market. If you ever have a chance to visit Carrboro, you have to go here! Weaver Street Market is a community owned cooperative grocery store. The majority of the items I saw in the store were local, organic, and natural. Since Madeline and I started our morning off early, we had to grab a cup of coffee while perusing the store. Larry caught my eye (again). It’s a love affair. I ordered a cup of coffee, the El Salvador Dali blend. The coffee really does have a hint of s’mores. It was love a first sip!
We walked around the quaint, earthy and eclectic town of Carrboro. If I lived in Carrboro I’d have no problem eating locally 24/7. The restaurants, grocery stores, and markets all pride themselves in serving local foods. After admiring the town, I started hearing a banjo in the distance. Madeline and I turned a corner and realized we had arrived to the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. We were welcomed to the market by the relaxing folk music and smell of wildflowers.
I absolutely love the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. The people were so friendly and there was so much variety. I found everything here: fresh produce, bouquets of flowers, all types of cheeses, meats, eggs, and baked goods. I purchased a bouquet of wildflowers, a giant tomato, Chapel Hill Creamery’s smoked farmers cheese, sweet snap peas, onions, lettuce, potatoes, squash and zucchini. I purchased everything for less than 25 bucks! What a deal.
After walking around the market, Madeline and I had worked up an appetite! We went to Neal’s Deli. I ordered the egg salad sandwich on rye bread. The employee was able to tell me where every single ingredient was from, farm name and all! She also told me they had just picked up their tomatoes for the day from the farmers’ market. The sandwich was so filling, I was only able to eat half. The egg salad was unique, using onions and bold spices. It was also topped with a tomato and shredded lettuce.
After relaxing and talking over our tasty lunch, I dropped Madeline off and went back home to Raleigh. I got ready for a Cinco de Mayo party hosted by my thesis chair, Dr. Bruce. I told Dr. Bruce I would be in charge of bringing all of the produce, I needed to make sure I could eat! I helped her shred lettuce and dice tomatoes and onions. Dr. Bruce’s daughter, Ainslee was amazed by the giant tomato. It was almost bigger than her head!
Dr. Bruce had so much food for the party! I made myself a Cinco de Mayo salad with local chicken and the lettuce, tomato, and onion from the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. I also had a Duck Rabbit Milk Stout, my absolute favorite NC beer. We had a great time socializing and enjoying local food!