Wednesday, November 3, 2010

VeganMofo 2010: The Best Place on Earth

Seriously, farmer's markets are the best places on earth. It never ceases to put a smile on my face (except when people get in my way!), and I absolutely love the change in seasons because it means there are fun new things to be seen and most importantly, eaten. 

I love this goose squash, below, or whatever the heck they are. Holy humoungous!! I've never gotten one...maybe I should? I would probably lose a finger or two trying to cut it up.

Reaping the benefits from my CSA and farmer's market, I made some yummy sauteed collards, with carmelized onions and hot pepper, and some roasted butternut squash.  I have found that the trick to yummy collards is to not really cook them much at all, so you don't just get a mushy mess of greens.  I sauteed the onions and hot peppers for a long time in some olive oil and then when I add in the collards, I put a dash of shoyu sauce and some salt, pepper, thyme, and only let it cook for a couple of minutes more.  I just keep an eye on it and taste it until it they are just slightly wilty, but mostly still crunchy and definately still super-green. Yum!

And ohhh roasted butternut squash is the best. 


  1. Farmers' market produce love stories are the best. I bought a beautiful Carnival squash at our last farmers' market of the year (last weekend), and had no idea what to do with it until now -- looks like roasting is the best way to go.
    Fantastic photos, too. I adore those beautiful, delicate oyster mushrooms!

  2. Fantastic! Those mushrooms look amazing.

  3. Nobody can convince me to make alternative plans to the Farmer's Market on Sunday morning.

    While our markets in Southern California are not so seasonally cheerful, I get amazing honeycrisp apples, soy-free tempeh, hand made rosemary garlic linguini and delicious basil pesto (all vegan).

    That squash looks DELICIOUS! What did you season it with?

  4. Thanks!

    Bess: I keep it simple with the squash and just roast it with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and thyme. Sometimes a little bit of hot paprika too.

  5. Ahhh, look at all that fresh produce goodness! I'm a produce junky. Take me some place with bins of fresh goodies and my eyes glaze over, all semblance of a list flies out the window, and somehow I end up standing in my kitchen staring at more green stuff than could possibly fit in my fridge splayed across the counter top...

  6. So much yummies! I love those squash - I've never seen anything like them before. I love roasted squash, well roasted any vegtable!

  7. I love all the farmer's market pictures, we don't really have farmer's markets around here & when we do it's all meat & cheese with one tiny lonely vegetable stall!