Thursday, May 13, 2010

Farmer's Finds

I don't think I've ever anticipated Summer more than I have this year.  I don't know what's going on with the weather where you live, but here in Southern California cool weather and breezy days have seemed to surface again and again this past month.  Yesterday, however, was a welcome change.

One of the best things about warmer weather and seasons is the produce!  While in between appointments yesterday afternoon my bf (who is a chef) and I took a walk through the Farmer's Market.  Although it is still a little early for some things, we managed to hit the jackpot on a few favorites:

Just seeing these things on the counter this morning made me happy.  Ever since I was a little kid the sight of cherries at the fruit stand has meant Summer is right around the corner.!

The Chef pointed out the kumquats and mentioned that they might be the last of the season.  Uh, have you ever had a Kumquatini?  If not, I suggest you stop what you're doing immediately and go have one.  The Hungry Cat is synonymous for the BEST Kumquatini you've ever had in your life.  Hearing that this particular fruit is close to end of season made it a must-have, and I foresee an evening of homemade Kumquatinis in our near future.  I'm ready right now, thank you very much.

For the past 2 months I have repeatedly walked by raspberries, viewed the $6 - $8 price tag per basket and kept right on walking.  Yesterday when that sign said $5 it was a done deal.

Do you know what this fruit is?  Bergamot.  Maybe you knew that , but I didn't.  I've never actually eaten Bergamot; at least not to my knowledge anyway.  I do, however, drink a lot of tea and it can be found in Earl Grey.  I decided to get one and give it a try.  It smells amazing - citrusy, but also kind of an exotic scent that you will recognize right away if you drink Earl Grey.

Seeing as I got diagnosed with a bronchial infection yesterday it looks like there might be a little more tea than Kumquatinis in my immediate future.  Ugh!  I'm going back to bed. :(


cindy said...

I would like to place my order for a Kumquatini.
Please. :-)

alli/hooray said...

I'd love to have these things in season here right now. And a bf who's a chef def. sounds like a keeper!
PS. Thanks for the room tips + I LOVE the seagrass rug idea.

Denny said...

Those pics inspire me to hit up my farmers market!! Seriously though, i could use a Kumquatini right about now.

this free bird said...

Alli - If I can get my living room cleaned up this weekend (kind of not kidding - too much going on right now) - I'll take a picture and post for you just to give an idea. I'm sure whatever you do will be fabulous - love your ideas so far!

Denny - you are not kidding. Even though I'm basically deliriously sick right now a Kumquatini is at the forefront of my mind. oops!

Greta said...

I love the pics you took here and your lovely farmer's market finds. You have a beautiful blog!



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