Today It’s Kidneys Instead

fort-collins-farmers-market-haul-20140125It’s January 25th, 2014 and today was the third farmer’s market weekend of the year.

I made out like a bandit; amazing, fresh produce.

Each time I walk into a Winter Farmers’ Market I am so grateful to Be Local’s Hill Grimmett & Gailmarie Kimmel for having the vision back in early 2000 to get these winter markets up and running.

Now in its eighth season the Fort Collins Winters Farmers’ Market is overflowing with fresh produce, as well as hand-crafted food and products.

Today’s Haul

I didn’t have time to hang around at the market today. I had to get in and out in about 30 minutes, which is hard because it’s not just produce and products available at this market, but also lively engaging vendors, friends & acquaintances, great conversations, and rejuvenating live music.

One of my goals today was to see what I could come away with for around $20. Here’s what I bought:

  • 1/2 lb Lions Mane Mushrooms &  1/2 lb Oyster Mushrooms – $11
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Kale – $3
  • Beef Kidneys – $4.72 ($4/lb)
  • Sauerkraut – $10

If it weren’t for the sauerkraut I’d have done it. In retrospect $10 is more than I’m willing to pay for a jar of sauerkraut, so will probably pass next time despite the sauerkraut being very good.

My plans for these : I generally saute the mushrooms, each kind has such a distinct flavor. The kale I’ll be using to make kale chips. Since I’ve not cooked beef kidneys before, I haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with the them yet but I’ll be looking for recipes and suggestions (I’ll keep you posted).

Note there is no Winter Farmers’ Market next weekend. The next one is the Sat 8th February.

If you have any feedback on your purchases at the markets, or what you’re doing with them, I’d love to hear it?

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