What were you up to yesterday? I had to get to the Johnstown Farmers’ Market! We were in need of produce so after getting blood drawn to check the progress of our medical protocol, breakfast with Jay at Eat n’ Park, and grabbing a cup of special tea with oat milk from my favorite barista, Madison, off I went. Though it is early in the season, there was so much to choose from and I honed in on what we eat and not just what was beautiful. Like this heirloom tomato from Yarnick’s Farm. I have an amazing recipe that uses fresh chopped tomato, fresh basil, olive oil, chunks of fresh garlic, chunks of Brie cheese, salt and pepper over cooked pasta (linguini or penne). It doesn’t get any better. No cooking except for the pasta. Everything else sits in a covered bowl after chopping for a few hours and then you mix in with the cooked pasta. If you need to, you can sprinkle Asiago or fresh Parmesan cheese over top.
Fresh Spinach from the Hill farm in Nicktown. I don’t know how they get these leaves so perfectly cut. They are so clean too! I also got baby kale (which looks a lot like arugula, but he assured me was kale!) and a new one to me, that he said was a Chinese green used for many things. It can be cooked, raw, you use the whole thing and it has a teeny tiny floret that resembles broccoli. He told me the name and now I forget. Just a note. I just rinsed there’s. They are so clean and lovingly cut-by the farmer!
I could not pass on these radishes, also from Hill Farm. Yes, they came this clean!
Who doesn’t love fresh strawberries? I bought this plant from my favorite Belizean farmer in Bedford whose sons also put our metal roof on and his wife is a baker. This is one of the berries. Red all the way through and delicious.
Then a few more errands, switching my fiber from wash to rinse, then putting in a new batch in the rinse bucket water to wash. I’ve got to take advantage of this great weather!
They watch me the whole time!
Then we were off to Greenhouse Park to watch the kayakers practice for the Stoneycreek Rendezvous and have a bit of dinner. Shepherds Pie Crepes, followed by a Spiced Apple Pie Crepe. I have to say that they were light and amazingly refreshing. They were just perfect!
I highly recommend!
So if you are in boring Johnstown today, where nothing goes on, (I’m being sarcastic here. It seems that things are waking up and there are too many choices and not enough time) the place to be is Greenhouse Park. Just might change your mind. The white water Rodeo starts at 2 PM and we’re going down for that.
Right now for me. It’s fiber washing. I think I heard there is rain in the forecast for next week so here I go!
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, get outside for some fresh air and keep the length of an alpaca cria (which is a baby alpaca and about 3 feet long) between you and the next person.