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Thursday, 10 September 2015

Todays Farmer's Market Haul

Thursday again already?! That means it's Farmer's Market day. Off we trotted, Logan with his little red basket in hand, and me with my shopping list.

I got a hell of a lot of stuff today, and just out of curiosity, I weighed most things when I got home so could see just how much I managed to get for my money. I spent £18 in total. Here's the list:

- 1.5kg vine tomatoes
- 1 celeriac
- 1.2kg Williams Pears
- 435g baby potatoes
- 300g baby onions
- 800g Rhubarb
- 5 x Braeburn apples
- 1 green pepper
- 4 mixed peppers
- 5 bananas
- 2 bunches spring onions
- 1 punnet mixed grapes
- 2 small punnets blackberries
- 400g plums
- 1 carrot
- 2 lemons
- 4 figs
- 1 red onion
- 1 aubergine
- 1.3kg cypress potatoes
- 370g medjool dates
- 390g mushrooms

Yes, that's a lot. Especially when it's written down! I can't believe it was only £18!! Obviously we are not going to eat that amount of fruit and veg in a week, but I have a few recipes to make and freeze, or make a preserve this week. I'll outline those in another post. 

Logan had fun again today and was looking forward to going to the 'farming market' as he calls it. He did get us told off though as he kept trying to bite all of the veggies and fruit. Although it was  a bit cheeky, I was very proud that he recognised this wonderful produces as yummy food and food that he wanted to eat! I don't think the market stall man saw it that way though...!

Last week I made my mixed berry and damson jam which seemed to set a bit too hard. Perhaps I over-boiled, or I think more than likely the problem was because I used jam sugar, and should have just used normal sugar. I also made my favourite rhubarb and vanilla jam yesterday from the rhubarb I bought at the market last week.

I'm so glad I decided to get myself a maslin pan this year. I've used it to make 3 different jams already, and have a chutney to make this week to. It's a great size, easy to clean and makes perfect preserves quickly.

That's all for now. I hope you've managed to get to your local market this week!


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