I was captivated by the lovely display of organic veggies on Riverbank Farm's table, and shifted gears when I saw the wide variety of baby eggplants, sweet red peppers, cipolini onions, and baby potatoes. I decided on the spot that this would make the perfect dinner.
I lingered at the market chatting with vendors as they closed down and packed up shop. To my pleasant surprise, one vendor walked over to me with a bag of little pears, slightly blemished, though nonetheless perfect, and asked if I wanted them. Really?? Of course! Two made an ideal treat to refuel me after spending an afternoon in the sun.
Feeling satisfied and looking forward to my dinner, I contemplated leaving, when that same vendor returned with a box of veggies, asking if I wanted them. Seriously??! "But I don't want to take them away from a food pantry or anywhere you might be donating them," I said. "We're just going to throw them out otherwise," she replied. Well then... you don't have to twist my arm. So I left with a garden harvest in a box.
Nightshade Sautee: baby eggplant, potato, sweet red pepper and
cipolini onion with fresh basil
That, plus the amazingly fresh and delicious dinner I prepared later in the evening, made for the perfect ending to a lovely late summer day.