Today CJ and I went to the Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market in Houston. We arrived around 9 am and were immediately sweating!
First stop was Cafe du Crepe. They sell amazing savory and sweet crepes. CJ ordered a chicken crepe with bechamel sauce drizzled on top. I had the crab and artichoke crepe with honey mustard. Wonderful, and so big we couldn't eat them all. I ate about 1/3 (which is amazing since it was SO GOOD, but I am working on the not full mantra). IF we had planned to eat a sweet crepe, it would have been the one with lemon and raspberries. YUM!
Our crepes looked like this but with sauces drizzled prettily on top, on a paper plate with plastic ware. (I totally left my camera at home, although I remembered my shopping bags!)
I had to walk the entire two rows (and it's the biggest market in Houston!) first before we decided what to buy.
First, I bought some organic fruit:
The second fruit is harder to recognize; I'd only eaten them in jam and cookies. Figs are sweet little things, though, and were a nice new fruit to try.
Then I found two vendors that do this:
I bought a dozen truly cage-free eggs and two happy cage-free whole chickens. I love love love that the whole chickens have not been injected with "a mild sodium solution." However, I paid dearly for these. For the two chickens and the dozen eggs I paid $42. $42!!!!!!!!!
Normally I buy bulk chicken breasts because that's all I really cook with and I didn't pay much attention when my mom bought whole fryers and cut them up. At that price, I'll be using everything!!!!
I also purchased a couple of really nice cucumbers and some beets. I have never liked the idea of beets; my mom never cooked them, and they looked disgusting to me coming out of a can or jar. I decided to be adventurous and give them a shot - with that much color, they must be full of antioxidants galore, right???
Another glorious new passion of mine:
GOAT CHEESE!!! I purchased an amazing feta-like cheese from Pola Artisan Cheese. They have a nice variety of goat and cow cheeses.
My favorite goat cheese of the day is from Swede Farm. I bought a soft soft spreadable goat cheese mixed with habanero peppers. It is DIVINE!!!
I indulged my passion for salsa as well:
I found TWO new salsas that were WONDERFUL and FRESH! My sister Donna makes salsa that's to die for. I've decided after paying $10 for two containers of one and $8 for two containers of the other that I'm going to make my own. I can cut down on the salt and make it as spicy and wonderful as I like.
The last place I stopped and actually bought something was from the lovely booth called Lavande. They sell all kinds of beautiful lavender products, including culinary lavender (for when I get adventurous later in my cooking career). I bought a bottle of lavender linen spray - divine!!!
Getting organic and sustainable and local food (everything's within 180 miles and most within 100) is definitely EXPENSIVE.
Do you think it's worth it? What do you invest in? What do you not worry about?