Get Thee to Market

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Get Thee to Market

  • Traci Taylor

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Every Saturday I spring out of bed eager for the day to begin...
As I grind the beans for my morning elixir and feed my pups, I make a mental note of the meal I want to serve in the evening. I toast my coffee to the view I have of Mt. Pisgah, and remember why I love this town so much. By the time hubby stirs, crusty eyed and bathrobe clad, I have my list done and recycled bags packed...I am on my way to my favorite tailgate market.
I love to take my scooter on most ocassions; it just feels right...shopping locally, saving gas...the problem is, I always go a little overboard and buy too much.
If you have been to the markets, you know what I am talking about; it is a visual feast. On this particular morning I see Jacob from Table restaurant. We exchange a greeting and beeline it to the first stall. I am curious to see what Jacob is buying today...I might just have to go see him at lunchtime. He is loading his milk crate with emerald green asparagus and I immediatly think of chilled soup unfettered...I grab 2 bunches.
My next stop is Farm & Sparrow bread. I NEVER, repeat NEVER pass up this yeasty goodness. Grit bread, bialies, pain au chocolat...
Today I get sesame and market herb; this will be great brushed with fresh garlic and thick slabs of heirloom tomatoes... maybe grilled asparagus?? I know I want pasta next but I pitstop to Biltmore Coffee Traders first...I need a jolt of java.
I load up on wonderful raviolis such as crab, corn and basil, caprese, shitake and short rib. I forgo the homemade sauces cause I went a little crazy the last time I was here and am well stocked, thank you very much. I am envisioning something wonderful on the grill so I check out the selection at Hickory Nut Gap. I leave with two beautiful porkchops that I will marinate in rosemary, garlic, olive oil and lemon...
My stomach is growling a little bit surrounded by all of this luscious food so I pop up to Suzy's window for some out of this world lebanese treats...Gypsy Queen food truck rocks!
At this point the bags are getting heavy and my wallet light, but I am a glutton for punishment. I stop at Spinning Spider Creamery, Sunburst Trout AND New Moon Herbs...just in case I have forgotten something...I am loaded up with napa cabbage, golden beets, fresh kale, radish sprouts and foraged mushrooms.
I have enough food for weeks and am wondering to myself if I need to throw a dinner party??? One thing I am thankful for...this time I brought the car!
Saturday Menu:
Marinated pork chops on the grill
Roasted asparagus with wild mushrooms
Kale caesar salad with grit croutons
Grilled bread with goat cheese, herbs and fresh tomatoes
(Note from Asheville Grit: Where's our invite?!)