We (Geoffrey and I) went to the most wonderful place this weekend. It is called Green String Farm (www.greenstringfarm.com) and it is quite the find. If you live in the area of Petaluma, I strongly encourage you to visit.
The people are so friendly and helpful. Everything is pretty much $2/pound. You can just load up the scale with gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, peppers, lettuces, apples or whatever strikes your fancy.
I got a container of figs that are out of this world.
We also bought all of the roma tomatoes they had and spent the rest of the weekend playing in my passion for the perfect marinara.
Not only is this place a delight for you, but it is also good for the planet. They go beyond the usual organic farming practices to make it the most sustainable and healthful farm they possibly can.
Their commitment to growing crops in a way that does not harm the planet is certainly laudable. Not to mention inspiring to us little backyard gardeners.
We found a place on the way home that farms dahlias. Not sure that they have the same ideals in terms of sustainability, but they sure are pretty.
I got home and couldn’t resist taking a photo of some of my winnings. I think I was a farmer or photographer in a past life. It just made me so happy to see all of this out on my counter.
Shopping like this is also inspiring to cook and eat healthfully. I use my mother’s “antique” pressure cooker to cook the beets. They are good with tahini sauce or just plain or in a salad.
The carrots went in the bottom of the pan that my hubby roasted a chicken in.
The tomatoes and garlic are happily canned in 6 pints of marinara. That is where the peppers ended up too, after we roasted them.
I think the artichokes are for dinner tomorrow. Perhaps as an accompaniment to fish.
And that little purple cabbage – isn’t it cute?? I will chop that for my veggie wrap sandwiches or for a veggie stir fry when G is at work.