If you happen to stop by the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building this weekend, keep your eyes peeled for these prize items. Felt like I hit the jackpot last weekend when I went home with:
- Squash Blossoms, from Chue’s Farm
- Lemon Quark, from Spring Hill
- Rock Island Cage-Free (Sexually Liberated) Eggs, from Petaluma Farms
These marigold orange beauties are so pretty you almost don’t want to eat them…except for the fact that they are most delicious.
I remember the first time I saw and tasted Squash Blossoms – or fiori di zucca – in Italy. I couldn’t believe that you could actually eat these vibrant blossoms and was tickled by the idea.
The delicate zucchini-like flavor of them come through nicely when simply prepared. I like to batter them in a little egg wash, roll them in a mixture of parmigiano and panko breadcrumbs, and lightly fry them up in some olive oil.
You could also try using a more traditional beer batter or tempura batter, or try stuffing the blossoms with a mixture of ricotta, parmigiano, and herbs, before battering and frying them up!
Whatever you decide, try to cook the blossoms as soon as possible after getting them home. After a day or two in the fridge and they’ll start to wilt.
Dangerously addictive, Spring Hill’s Lemon Quark is like lemon cheesecake in a tub. Sweet, fragrantly lemony, creamy, with a little tang. This is one of my favorite products at the Farmer’s Market!
Quark is a mild-flavored fresh cheese with a soft, spreadable texture that’s a cross between cream cheese and ricotta. It also has a low fat content, about the same as yogurt.
Snatch one up if you can – they sell fast!
Organic Cage-Free Brown Fertile Eggs
The Rock Island hens at Petaluma Farms live the good life. Raised without cages, free to roam around and feast on an organic all-vegetable diet, plenty of fresh air, sunshine, and roosters to cluck at.
What does sexual liberation have to do with tastier eggs with a denser white and more flavorful yolk? Everything.
As explained by the kind Egg Man from Petaluma Farms, if the chickens are allowed to roam free from the constraints of a cage, the girls chase the boys, the boys chase the girls, they eat more food because they’re hungry from all the tail chasing, and badabing badaboom – you’ve got eggs with a richer flavor.
Lesson of the day?
Frisky hens = good eggs.
(And sexual repression will get you nowhere.)