This morning we made our first visit to the Hamilton Farmers Market. Lots of people told us how good it was, but as it involved bailing out of bed instead of sleeping in on a Sunday morning, we had not got there before. It was well worth the early start. We grow many of our own vegetables, but still need to buy some from the supermarket. So often supermarket fruit and vegetables look tired and as if they have had a hard time getting to the shop. Everything at the market was as crisp and fresh as this gorgeous spring morning – and it was all grown, picked and displayed with love.
We started by buying a coffee to get us going – and great coffee it was, too.
Next stop was Roberto’s Kitchen. Roberto makes all his pasta and sauces from first principles. We can hardly wait for this evening to try our lasagna. It was hard to choose. The pasta with creamy mushroom sauce was tempting, too. I pretended not to see the tiramisu.
Iggy steered me past the temptations of Mavis’s Kitchen’s stall. Mavis’s cafe is just by the Deloittes Building at the end of Memorial Drive. I’ve devoured coffee and cake there before. The chefs at Mavis’s bake better than I do. I very rarely say that about cafe baking.
We enjoyed chatting with stall holders along the way about their produce. At this stall we bought kale. Kale has been the subject of Leaping Zucchini’s blog recently, so I thought I would see what I could do with it. I came away with a recipe they gave me from The World’s Healthiest Foods site. The stall holders told me that kale has more goodness than broccoli. I am looking forward to giving it a try.
Supermarket shopping never looked this good – and this pile of goodies cost much less than I would usually spend at the supermarket, too. One hour and twenty eight minutes until lunch time. I hope I can wait that long!