Davidson Farmers Market – September 7th, 2013

“We eat with our eyes. If the food doesn’t look good, the less likely we are to eat it.” – Vera Samuels

Farmers Market

This past Saturday we made our second trip to the Davidson Farmers Market. The item we were search for… tomatoes!

We had a number of varieties to pick between and decided to get one of each.
We had a number of varieties to pick between and decided to get one of each.
  • Pink Girl
  • Cherokee Purple
  • Mt Fresh, Rocky Top, Primo Red & Crista
  • Big Beef

With still quite a bit of time till the cooking demo, we decided to have a little walk around Davidson, and see what we could see.

We arrived back at the market with only minutes to spare for the cooking demo with Chef Vera Samuels. The creation of the day… Corn Puree with Radish, Cucumber and Lime Salad. The class started small, just my mum and I, one other lady and her Golden Retriever (and soon to be therapy dog) Granite.

Granite was an absolute gentleman for the entire class.
Granite was an absolute gentleman for the entire class.
All of the produce came from the vendors at the market. Don't those radishes look delicious?
All of the produce came from the vendors at the market. Don’t those radishes look delicious?
The best way for the corn not to get everywhere when you're removing it from the cob, is to place a inverted bowl in your main mixing bowl. That way the kernels will just fall to the sides.
The best way for the corn not to get everywhere when you’re removing it from the cob, is to place a inverted bowl in your main mixing bowl. That way the kernels will just fall to the sides.
Preparing the cucumbers
Preparing the cucumbers
We really want a mandolin now.
We really want a mandolin now.
Does the finished product look yummy?
Doesn’t the finished product look yummy?
Eat up.
Eat up.

Some interesting facts we learned:

  • Creme fraiche – is like sour cream but less tangy
  • The smaller a radish is, the less peppery they are.
  • It’s the seeds in cucumbers that make you burp, so if you want a better experience, go with English cucumbers. (They’re seedless!)

Corn Puree with Radish, Cucumber and Lime Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of radishes, cut into wedges
  • 2 small cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 fresh cilantro leaves
  •  1/2 tsp. finely grated lime zest, plus 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. EVOO
  • Kosher salt and black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 3 cups fresh corn (from 3 ears)
  • 3 tbsp. vegetable stock or water
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche
  • 2 ounces grated Parmesan (2/3 cup)

Directions:

  1. Combine the radishes, cucumbers, cilantro, lime zest and juice, 1 tbsp of the oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat tbsp of the remaining oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and 1/4 tsp each salt and black pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the corn and stock to the shallot. Cook stirring occasionally until tender, 4 to 6 minutes.
  3. Transfer to food processor. Add the creme fraiche, Parmesan and 1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper; process until almost smooth.

After purchasing some flowers (we never leave without a bunch) we headed off to lunch at the Flatiron.

The special of the day: Salmon Burger
The special of the day: Salmon Burger

Now, as you can expect after our busy market day, we were more than ready to go home… but I spotted something of interest. So instead of taking a right… we turned left.

There are is a whole collection of shops to enjoy, and we plan on investigating this part of town more thoroughly the next time we’re in Davidson.

~thefoodie

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