Farmers Market Finds: Nagoya Kale, Orange Honey Almonds, and the Chubbiest Carrots Ever!

In my other life {pre- kids and husband}, I used to go to the Del Mar Farmer’s Market almost every weekend.

It was easy.

I walked out the front door of my {tiny} white washed brick cottage, headed to the street, turned left, went 1/8 of a mile down the hill, and there I was.

Right in the midst of a bounty of seasonal and local produce, vibrantly colored fresh flowers, and {in my gluten-eating days} the tastiest Gyros I can recall ever eating.

But then life got in the way.

Marriage…a baby…a move…another baby…two more moves…a house remodel…weekend sports…work…life!

I’m sad to say that in the almost 13 years since I moved away from my tiny cottage, I’ve been to the Del Mar Farmer’s market probably less than 10 times, and to any farmer’s market, less than 15…

REALLY sad, right?

Needless to say, I was super excited when my friend Vinita texted me Sunday morning to see if I wanted to go to the La Jolla Farmer’s Market with her and another friend, Kim.

I jumped on the opportunity {much more fun then staying home and taking down Christmas ornaments!}, and off we went on a gorgeous, sunny winter’s day.

Here’s what I scored…

ONE

  • Gorgeous bunch of flowers
  • Head of Nagoya Kale {A new kale find for me!}
  • Bunch of Bok Choy
  • Container of Olive Garlic Spread
  • Container of Sugar Snap Peas
  • Box of gluten-free orange almond biscotti from Chef Betsey G.-Yum!  {If you can’t make it to a Farmer’s Market in San Diego, you can buy the biscotti and other gluten-free yummies here.}

Nagoya Kale

THREE

  • Varieties of seasoned almonds: Cinnamon sugar, honey orange, and chili lemon

FOUR

  • Containers of Baba Foods salads and condiments {Triple Layer Dip w/ feta, pesto, & sundried tomatoes; Feta Cheese; Roasted Pepper and Fresh Mozzarella Salad; and Green Olive Tapenade}

EIGHT

  • Of the chubbiest, cutest Carrots ever!

FIVE HUNDRED ++++

  • Rainbow microgreens

Photo linked to Sweet Shot Tuesday

I’ve got a few idea up my sleeve for what to do with my finds, but I’d love some ideas from you too!

For lunch today, I made this yummy salad…

Mediterranean Spinach Salad

  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup Baba Foods three layer dip {or make your own with 1 part pesto, 1 part feta cheese, and 1 part sun dried tomatoes}
  • 1/3 cup Baba Foods marinated red pepper and fresh mozzarella salad {or make your own with 2 parts marinated red bell peppers and 1 part fresh mozzarella balls}
  • Olive Oil and Golden Balsamic Vinegar to taste

Combine all ingredients in a salad bowl.  Toss. Enjoy!

And, one of my favorite things to make with micro greens is this…

My Simple Sandwich

The chili lemon almonds are all gone thanks to my husband Ian and my Goddaughter….Thanks a lot you guys! {note sarcasm here}, and the cinnamon and orange honey almonds will be gone soon.  Let’s just say they are healthy, but a wee bit on the addictive side!

The sugar snap peas will be eaten as snacks by myself and the kids, and the chubby little carrots were shredded and topped with some of the crumbled feta cheese.  The combo of sweet carrots and tangy, salty feta is seriously yum.  Big Tex even ate two heaping servings!

And, I just did a Google search only to find out that Nagoya Kale is purely ornamental {unless anyone can tell me otherwise}, so I guess I’ll just be enjoying looking at it…

So, what I really need recipe inspiration for is the Bok Choy.  I’ve eaten it before, but have never prepared it myself {another sad thing I know} so I’d LOVE your Boy Choy recipe ideas.

And, I hope you will be inspired to head to your local farmer’s market and let me know what you find!

Here’s a great guide to finding your local farmer’s market: Local Harvest

Do you have any favorite Bok Choy recipes or links to share? When was the last time your were at the Farmer’s Market? Have you seen Nagoya kale before? What about these chubby carrots???

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  1. Love the chubby carrots!
    And that salad looks delicious!
    Love red peppers and fresh mozzarella!!

  2. I could spend all day at the farmer’s market. And there’s definitely something about farmer’s market carrots that are SO much better than any others.
    The spinach salad sounds perfect..light and fresh!

  3. i love farmers markets. :) reminds me of my weekends in Ann Arbor when i lived there. mmm for bok choy, a lot of my friends stir fry/steam them and eat with some garlic and oyster sauce (chinese side dish). it goes great with asian flavors!

  4. Love going to farmer’s markets! One of ours that closed down for a year just opened up and I got the chance to go last week. It’s so darn fun to find all kinds of goodies to try. I just saw a great bok choy inspired recipe but I can’t remember which blog darn it! I always like to throw it into stir-frys :)

  5. YUM! It looks like you lucked out! Love everything you picked up.
    I am going to have to ask Kristen what Farmer’s Market she is referring to since I haven’t found too many good ones in Vegas.
    When visiting in Reno, I found the best farmers market in walking distance from my friend’s place. It was so fun!!

  6. Farmers Market? In January? FUNNY! Our farmers market right now it the produce section at the grocery store…you are LUCKY!!!! That Kale is absolutely beautiful! The microgreens?? I have never had them!! But that sandwich looks so nice and light and refreshing. Bok Choy…I think soup or stir fry…no creativity stirring hear…but I imagine you will create an exquisite dish and presentation! Be sure to post pics!!

  7. I go to the farmer’s market whenever possible! But in New England, not too many around in this cold weather. The kale looks so beautiful and I do believe I have had carrots that look just like yours, colorful and sweet. Great post, as always ….love your photography. You’ve got talent girl!

  8. oh what a fun thing to do with a friend and those carrots rock

  9. your photos are amazing! your entry for Sweet shot is so well framed and I love the composition!

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  10. My resolution a couple years ago was to go to the Farmers Market once a week, let’s just say it didn’t go so well. It’s hard because you can’t get everything. Having said that, when I go it’s so much fun. I am trying a smoothie I saw on TV grapefruit, carrot, ginger, mint (keep pith on grapefruit). You can try that with your chubbies.

  11. If only I lived in a place where farmer’s markets were open all year! What a treat! Ours are only open for about 4 months, then they are done for the year. Bummer, right? But we still have a lot of fresh and somewhat locally grown produce available whenever. I haven’t used bok choy in a REALLY long time (I think when I Was part of a CSA two year ago). This salad sounds wonderful.

  12. I love farmers markets! We have one here in town every Wednesday, and Marin County has a few almost every day of the week! I’m heading out there today a little late. Oh, microgreens…how do I love thee!

  13. You scored for sure!! Such gorgeous photos…they are making me yearn for spring. But, alas, there is snow in the forecast. And now I’m wishing i had some greens in the fridge…great salad~

  14. I’ve never seen that variety of kale before but I love the bright vibrant color!

  15. Oh you are making me miss San Diego so much. I lived in Cardiff for 5 years. Gorgeous photos!

  16. That is the prettiest kale I have ever seen, almost to pretty to eat….I said “almost!” LOL! Most of our farmers markets close around October, the really big one is far away, so I never get there….BUT I need to go, I miss my regular farmers market:-) Your salad sounds DELISH! Hugs, Terra

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