Yo peeps! Have you all been to the farmers market yet?? There is a surprising amount of local produce available! Y’all should check it out!!
Why would you want to shop at the farmers market? The list is long, and distinguished. My #1 reason- the produce is FRESH!! And FRESH = delicious! There’s also the benefit of talking to the farmers- they have a lot of knowledge! The varities of produce you’ll find may be different, because due to the freshness factor, the farmers don’t have to worry as much about growing produce that is bred for shelf stability. And then there’s the fact that your $$ is going directly to the source, no middle man cutting out profit to the farmers. Now why wouldn’t you shop at the farmers market? Well, there are usually crowds… and they’re only open for a few hours, so you do have to plan for it. This Sunday, I hit up the King farmers market (NE 7th & NE Wygant) and spent about 30 min finding these beauties:
And brought home: flowers (because they’re pretty), kale, fresh garlic, spring onions, red butter lettuce, carrots, strawberries, baby bok cchoy, and zucchini. Which brings us to the “highlight” of the post: farmers market stir fry. I forgot to buy snow peas at the market, so picked them up at the grocery store (and they weren’t as pretty. tear). Can’t win them all!! On to the recipe:
- 1 lb london broil or sirloin steak, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, divided
- 4 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 spring onions, sliced or roughly chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1-1.5 inch knob of ginger, grated, minced or micro-planed (I use my micro-plane)
- 1 pint (3 cups) snow peas
- 6 baby bok choy, chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1-2 teaspoons chili paste (I use sambal oelek)
- salt & pepper
- The secret to stir-fry is to have everything ready before you start cooking, so do that! The cooking goes quickly!
- Heat a large skillet or wok to medium high heat, add 1 tablespoon coconut oil.
- Add sliced beef, season with salt and pepper and stir-fry continuously until beef has "just a little pink", remove from pan and set aside.
- Add remaining 1 tablespoon coconut oil to skillet.
- Add carrots, cook about 3 min.
- Add garlic and ginger, cook and stir for about 2-3 minutes.
- Toss in peas and bok choy, immediately add soy sauce and chili paste.
- Stir continuously for about 2 minutes to distribute spices and cook the greens.
- Dish up and dig in!
Tell me what you love about the farmers market!!