Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Culinate Newsletter: Heirloom tomato party, brunch ideas, Lavender Syrup

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Dear readers,

Today, as you may know, is the last day of August, and if that didn’t coincide with an incredible harvest, I would be blue about it.

But oh! The plenty. At the farmers’ market this week, I, like the many others I saw, piled my basket high with all the things farmers’ markets were made for — namely, produce: heirloom tomatoes, kale, basil for pesto, hazelnuts, spinach, corn, eggplant, zucchini, peaches, cherries, and two kinds each of peppers, beans, and cucumbers. I’m sure I’m forgetting something, but you get the idea.

Of course, there was much I didn’t buy too — but that’s what next week is for.

Some places may be suffering market over-saturation, but I don’t see it on Saturdays in Portland, when my loyal market pal, Susan, and I trek to the Park Blocks for our weekly shopping trip. It’s almost always crowded — really crowded. But honestly, that’s part of the pleasure. I get a little itchy when we don’t make it to the market; the excursion is cheering and sustaining for us — and I’m guessing that’s the case for other shoppers who frequent farmers’ markets as well.

We’re all lucky that these markets exist. I hope you’ll take advantage of yours while these days of abundance are upon us.

Kim Carlson
Editorial Director

Featured Stories

Tomato shindig

Give your friends a party that highlights the bounty of heirlooms.

sausage and baked french toast

In the Small Kitchen

Ideas for making a stress-free brunch: excerpted from a new book.

Featured Recipes

Tabula Kisir

Here’s a tasty, easy-to-assemble bulgur wheat dish from Turkey, via the ‘River Cottage Every Day’ cookbook.

Lavender Syrup

This pretty, subtly aromatic syrup could work well to flavor a pound cake.

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