It was the most delightful morning on Saturday. It seems that Fall finally notified the thermometer that it should read something less than 90 degrees so we made our way to the Scottsdale Farmers Market. I wandered the aisles in a state of awe at both the crisp air and the amazing products around me. Artisan cheeses, homemade apple butter, free range chickens, and goat meat all for sale by sweet people who clearly love what they do. There were a number of gluten free offerings hidden like treasures throughout the market. I would have loved to try them all, but it was not possible. The apple butter was safe, the saltines she offered me with a dab of the dark goodness were not. The goat cheese should have been fine, but where had the cutting board been? I’m too sensitive to the slightest amount of gluten so I shook my head no and held a hand up to vendor after vendor. Sweet One was kind enough to try a few things for me. The vendor’s baffled as I watched him eagerly quizzing him on flavor and texture. Some products we simply purchased untested.
Then, there was McClendon’s. They provide basket upon basket of the beautiful bounty fall brings our way. There were the usual suspects like onions, potatoes, garlic and zucchini. There were strange things I had never seen before like Tokyo Cross Turnips(they are delightful – a bit like a radish and a turnip in one little white ball). I could have explored for an hour, but it seems that everyone else loves this stall as well. The line waiting when they opened reminded me of a Nascar race. Everyone anticipating and literally running as soon as the signal was given that set-up was complete. McClendon’s produce was lovely, bright, crisp, and fragrant. Their website has a handy reference sheet on the “proper” way to store produce!
As much as I loved the veggies, my favorite find of the day was hands down the peppercorn chevre. We seem to find a new “need” for it each evening. It’s graced Food Should Taste Good Blue Corn tortilla chips, been sprinkled over fritatta’s, and been slathered over the ratatouille and quinoa dinner we shared.
I can’t wait to go back again!