My trip to the market was a whirlwind one yesterday. My son is home for 10 days or so, leaving me all crazy giddy, and I left the house without a plan of action. It was very hot and crowded, so I just bought sweetcorn and decided to regroup. I still managed to snap a few before I took off.
It's eggplant season. I don't dislike eggplants as much as I do beets, but they've never really appealed to me; I find them flavorless and spongy.
I'm still fascinated to see how many varieties there are, and wonder if I shouldn't try something new. How can these not be good? There's Thai Eggplant:
And these pretty white ones.
I'm also suprised to see these peppers. Where have I been that I didn't know peppers came in purple and white? These are not peppers like Grandma used to make!
It's also Gladiolus Season. Did you know there's an entire festival with a parade and everything for these things in Momence, Illinois? When we were kids I marched with cousins in this parade.
I can't for the life of me remember why. Maybe our mom's just signed us up to get us out of their hair for a few hours.
The REAL market report of the day. Have I mentioned my son is home? He awoke yesterday to find our frig stocked with a carton of plain yogurt and the 2 beets from last week's market that I couldn't bring myself to eat. Luckily, I was on my way home with a couple weeks of chow that will tide him and the accompanying hoards over for the next two weeks. A $240 trip to the grocery store, now there's a market report.
We are having a few of his friends and their parents over tonight. I'll put that corn on the grill, whip up a few sides. I'll have a little ceremony, present the boys with some burgers and a spatula, then sit back and sip on something cool while I wait for my dinner. All is right with the world!