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A Farmer's Market Morning....

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I recently finished reading Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food", and I couldn't wait to get out to the Studio City farmer's market this morning. I stuck a couple of twenty-dollar bills in my back pocket and threw a "Ventura County Fair!!!" tote bag over my arm.

$22.50 and about half an hour later, I lugged this load home: one bunch of sweet carrots, one large head of cabbage, one bunch rainbow chard, three medium zucchini, one pound of broccoli, one bunch sweet basil, baggie full of jalapenos, two medium artichokes, a two-pound bag of mixed potatoes, one bunch green onions, bunches of sage and cilantro. Oh, and all the free samples of fresh fruit and teriyaki beef jerky I could eat!

Tonight I'll be making steamed artichokes and vegetable pilaf. Tomorrow, it's fish tacos with lots of cabbage and jalapeno crema. The next night? Perhaps a big bowl of basil pesto, pasta, and roasted zucchini. Good cooking, guilt-free, and easy on the wallet. What do you do with your farmer's market haul?

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Photo of carrots at the Studio City Farmer's Market by mhocter via Flickr