Life is filled with diverting roads...

and I usually take the one less traveled.


Augusta, Georgia, USA
January 21
A chef by trade, but a human by birth. __________I am also a political junkie. I watch all the “talking head” cable programs religiously. Agreeing & disagreeing with the comments by the various pundits. Not shy about emailing my comments to them, either. I am a huge fan of Joan Walsh. She is one of the few that will stand her ground and discuss the issues, not just the 30 second sound bites. I am formerly from Ridgefield, CT


AUGUST 11, 2009 8:54AM

A trip to the Farmers Market

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Last Saturday, I went down to my local Farmers Market to buy some fresh corn to make my Burst of Color Corn Sauté. As I walked around, I saw some incredible fruits & vegetables. Farmers’ Markets bring you the best in locally grown food and drink, direct from the producers. At a Farmers Market all produce being sold must have been grown, reared, caught, brewed, pickled, baked, or processed within a 100 mile radius of the location of the market. And usually the producer, or someone directly involved with the production of the product, sells the produce themselves.


The intention of a Farmers Market is to allow smaller local producers an outlet direct to the public enabling them to become less reliant on wholesalers and supermarkets. Most Farmers’ Markets are held every Saturday morning at from 8 am to 2 pm.


farmers market sign


The use of town center locations allows easy access to all the markets. The average number of producers attending a Farmers Market is around 40 – 45 vendors. This large number of producers ensures that there is huge ranges of produce to taste, try, and buy and helps the shopper to have a true shopping alternative to a supermarket.





All the producers are usually keen to talk about their produce and many offer the chance to sample before you buy. Farmers’ Markets offer numerous benefits to consumers: 

   > Farmers Markets provide consumers with the opportunity to connect with producers, learn about their produce and their passion

   > Fresh food markets offer consumers information on where their food has come from and how far it has traveled 

     > Farmers Markets build local agri-business opportunities for regional and visiting producers to sell their fresh produce


When I returned home, here is the results of my trip to my local Farmers Market:


Burst of Color Corn Sauté

This colorful dish can be served cold or warm!


Pam cooking spray

2 cups fresh corn off the cob kernels

1 cup green & red bell peppers, ½ cup each

4 scallions, sliced diagonally in ½-inch pieces

¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped or 1 Tbsp dried

8 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved and seeded

½ teaspoon sugar

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

½ teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 tablespoon mayonnaise

¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)

corn salad


Spray a non-stick skillet with cooking spray and heat to medium. Add corn, peppers and onions. Sauté until softened, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer vegetables to a bowl and stir in parsley and tomatoes.

Combine sugar, vinegar, mustard, basil, mayonnaise and pepper sauce in a small bowl; whisk together. Pour over corn mixture and toss well.

Serves 6



Bon appetite!

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This is a colorful and delicious trip with a yummy payoff at the end. Great posting!
Marvelous, George! I will try this as it looks terrific and sounds easy. You are to be envied with having such a great Farmer's Market in your area! It looks very large and with about any fruit or vegetable a person could want. Wish we had one here!
"Pam cooking spray2 cups"

Man, you do love your Pam, don't you? :-)
Damned good looking recipe. Think this one's a keeper.
Lea… thanks. No matter were one goes – be it a trip abroad or a trip to the market – there should be a rewarding pay-off – even if it is only a fond memory!

Pam… thanks. My style of cooking is always easy & using the best ingredients one can find. As for a farmers market in your area, check out your local weekly paper. I am sure there most be a good Amish Market near your home.
BoomerB - thanks for catching that error... dually noted & corrected

... with the right amount of Pam Cooking Spray it is delicious!
This looks great and will go well with your shrimp creole recipe I'm planning to make. Love farmers' markets!
Beautiful looking and with the promise of good taste!
Love the recipe and the plug for farmers markets! Rated.
Sounds delicious, George. I went by the farmers' market this morning on my way to a local farm to pick blueberries with family. It's always good to know where your food comes from.
Gary… thanks, this fresh corn dish will be perfect with the creole.

A-H-P… thanks - presentation, color and taste are ingredients that please the palate.

Jeanette… thanks for stopping by – farmers markets are always a great source for homegrown quality produce.

COS – thanks – bet the family had a marvelous time picking blueberries and I know you will turn them into some incredible dessert.
George, we have a smaller scale Farmers Market here but I think I would have no problem finding the vegetables listed in your recipe. Looks delicious! Our market is held two days a week--Wed. and Sat. We don't have the local production of corn like we had decades ago and the largest vendor comes down from their farm across the Hudson in Orange County.
John is that the farmers market at the corner of Main Street & Rt 6? If so, I use to shop there – one Amish vendor had the most incredible baked goods & breads, plus the tastiest Goat Cheese! Thanks for stopping by my post on the way to your wonderful count down to Woodstock series.
George, that's the one! I think the current vendor with baked goods may be a different baker than when you shopped there, however.
Farmers' Markets and the people who support them are fabulous. It is really distressing when talking heads sneer that they are only affordable to the wealthy and that poor people cannot afford to eat organic, or even non-organic, food grown by caring humans. In Seattle, there is a Farmers' Market somewhere in the city seven days a week and there is always the Pike Place Market downtown.
I love farmer's markets, though the requirement on local food can vary. Some are very strict while others - well let's just say I've yet to see the vast Connecticut orange groves that apparently exist.
Thanks for stopping by…

Hazel… as long as I can remember this market in Augusta has been operating. But never as an organic… just good quality farm grown. During the summer months, it is open daily, but only on Saturday does it draw numerous farmers from around the surrounding area.

LOL... Cristiona
I lived in CT for about 20 odd years and like you, I never saw an orange grove… but did get some juicy oranges at the local markets. I guess organizers look the other way.
This is great! Thanks for the recipe. God, I love a good farmer's market. It's so exciting I practically go into spasms. Are scallions and green onions the same?
Rickety Six... in my cooking book they are. I love the sharp flavor of scallions. Thanks for stopping by - sorry I am so late responding.