Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A farmer in the Bean Town??

This past Saturday, my Business Man had to do a few things at the office, so I was on my own for the morning. I contemplated going for a run, but the temps here have been HOT. Like eggs frying on the sidewalk hot. I even had my shoes on and ran a half-block before I decided it was way too hot. 

My Business Man had talked about a Farmer's Market here in the Bean Town a few times... on the town square. I love some home-grown produce, so I decided I would go find this Farmer's Market.

I even looked it up online, to make sure I knew where I was going. So, I headed downtown with an iced mocha in hand to explore the bounteous Farmer's Market. My hometown has a pretty darn tootin' good one, with lots of vendors, so my expectations were high.

Unfortunately, I drove past this Farmer's Market and missed it. I thought I saw a booth or two, so decided to turn around to check it out again. And so I did.

And that was it. Two booths. And not one of them was selling produce. Ay ay ay...

I called my Business Man to see if he knew what was up with the Farmer's Market, and he mentioned that "maybe it got moved to the mall... yea I thought I heard them say it was out at the mall..."

So, I continued my journey to find the Farmer's Market. 

Got to the mall. 


At this point, I thought about going into the mall and spending the grocery budget on some new clothes. But, that wouldn't be too good; I like to cook too much.

So, upon my drive home I discovered a small produce stand on the side of the road advertising corn and tomatoes. Now, I'm not much for corn or tomatoes, but thought I at least needed to get some type of produce from a Farmer's Market-type stand.

Sweet corn & tomatoes!

It turned out that they offered much more than just corn and tomatoes, and I came away with 4 ears of corn, 3 peaches, 2 zucchinis, and a bottle of local honey. For $7! Pretty good deal if I say so myself.

The loot!

I decided to make some zucchini bread with the zucchini. I really wanted to make zucchini-pineapple sheet cake, but I also wanted to make something my Business Man and I could munch on for breakfast without starting our days with a complete sugar crash.

I followed this recipe over at myrecipes.com. I've never made zucchini bread, but I think it turned out alright. Instead of making 2 loaves, I made 1 loaf and pan of bars in a 9-inch-square pan.

Of course, I had to add my own touch to the recipe so I whipped up a quick lemon-cream cheese frosting drizzle to accent the lemon zest in the bread.

Who am I kidding, everything's better when it's completely covered in icing.

And then I boxed up the small bars for a special package for a special friend who will remain anonymous.

Now off to relax on the couch with my Business Man and my new favorite show on the Food Network... Cupcake Wars!


Kristin said...

OMG that zucchini bread looks amazing. I'm making banana bread this week so maybe I'll cover that in icing too...or maybe just butter.

Sara said...

Haha... cover the top with icing. And the when you slice it to eat, put butter on the slice. :-)

Me said...

yum! that does look good! i don't think i like zucchini but i do like zucchini bread and i bet urs is the best!

Me said...

you should add the recipe to your recipe link!

Alissa said...

I made zucchini bread for the first time this week too! My mother-in-law made key lime pie this week as well.

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