|Poulsbo's Saturday Farmers Market|
Their products are grown with pride and knowledge of peak seasonal flavors. Here are a few of the products purchased over the last few Saturdays at my local Poulsbo Farmers Market and how I prepared them at my home.
|Blackberries from Mt. Vernon|
|Blackberry jam in my Weck jars straight from the canner|
Fall is full of richer more dense flavors in the Pacific Northwest like Chanterelle mushrooms. Cooking with them brings me back to my days as Sous Chef at Cafe Juanita in Kirkland, WA. Then owner and founder Peter Dow, would use them in Pollo Chanterelle or Chanterelle Risotto.
|Chopped Chanterelles w/butter, shallots and nutmeg|
|Jasmine rice with fresh Chanterelle mushrooms|
|Sourdough bread from Borrowed Kitchen Bakery|
|Sourdough toast, poached eggs with Sriracha hot sauce and bacon for Saturday Brunch|
For dinner this weekend, chopped fresh, local leeks were sprinkled on some natural, boneless, skinless chicken thighs in a baking dish. Drizzled the poultry with some of my favorite Gerard's Italian dressing, sea salt and fresh cracked pepper and placed into a preheated oven for 40 minutes on 375 degrees on bake.
|Fresh organic leeks|
|Chicken and leek alfredo with fresh arugula salad|
For Sunday afternoon Seahawks Game snack, it was Jose's Famous Salsa and fresh tortilla chips!
|Jose's Famous Salsa and tortilla chips|
Jose Garcia and his fantastic wife Angie, their kids and some staff have built their Sequim-based salsa making company selling at local farmers markets in Sequim, Port Angeles, Poulsbo and others. They're expanding to groceries and also offer luscious guacamole, frozen homemade tamales, ready-to-eath tamales, and ceviche at their Farm stands. They also opened Jose's Taqueria in Sequim which is also simple, lovely, flavorful and authentic Mexican cuisine. Look for them and buy a quart of salsa and a dozen frozen tamales...I did! So far it's Sunday night and we still have some left-barely.
|The last of the seasons tomatoes|
|A rainbow of Fall pumpkins, gourds and squashes|
These pumpkins couldn't be passed up, it was simply a choice of which size, shape and color...
|My front porch with my seasonal gourds and pumpkins|
|Hoofing it to our Poulsbo's Farmers Market|
Each Saturday brings inspiration from meeting those who proudly grow, make, bake, weave, cook, carve, butcher and sell their goods for use in our lives.
Visit your local Farmer's Markets this week and what treats you can bring from the farm to your table!
Chow for now my friends!