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It is summer here in North Carolina. To me, that means that the local farmer’s markets are packed with yummy produce! Going to the farmer’s market on Saturday mornings is one of my most favorite things to do. It’s like a candy store and toy store all in one. Plus, I’m surrounded with lots of other people who are just as excited about eating all that beautiful stuff. During the summer I have tomatoes pretty much every day. How can you resist such a tasty and beautiful fruit as the heirloom tomato? One other item I eat on a regular basis during the summer are purple hull beans. I typically cook them with a few strips of bacon, onion, garlic and whatever else I might have around.

2 slices of bacon

1 onion

2 cloves garlic

2-3 carrots

1 bell pepper

1 pound shelled purple hull beans

In a medium size pot, over medium heat, saute the bacon until it starts to brown. Add the onion, and garlic and saute a few more minutes. Add the carrots, bell pepper and beans. Add enough water to cover by about an inch. Bring to a boil then cover and lower the heat. Simmer for about 30 minutes.  Season with sea salt and black pepper.

I served this with some local corn and of course some heirloom tomatoes mixed with some basil, goat cheese, and balsamic vinegar.

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I purchased what will probably be the last of the heirloom tomatoes for the season today at the Western Wake Farmer’s Market.¬† This makes me sad. I will savor them.

Today’s findings included:

  • kale, lettuce, bell peppers, and eggs from Fickle Creek Farm
  • heirloom sweet potatoes (Carolina Ruby), heirloom tomatoes, cabbage, and carrots from Redbud Farm
  • red potatoes from Jones Farm

veggies

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