Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

First Farmer's Market of 2013

Saturday was the first Farmer's Market of the year
Not the big celebration that it usually is
For it was too cold . . . .
But a few vendors braved the cold in their coats and mittens and mufflers
to sell some amazing produce . . .

Friend Randy's stall . . .
Fresh herbs, asparagus, radishes, Swiss chard, carrots and lettuces
(I got the last bundle of asparagus, a bag of lettuce, radishes and Swiss chard -- alas, the carrots were
  all gone!)

And lilacs!

And friend Mary

Had meats for sale . . . the chicken on the right came home with me!

And once home . . . 

The lilacs were put in an old blue and white pitcher for the dining room table

We adore fresh flowers on the table
And the aroma of the lilacs is amazing!!!

The chicken was roasted with lemon and garlic and tarragon for Sunday Lunch

The asparagus was roasted with olive oil, salt and pepper, then dressed with a good nob of butter and a generous sprinkle of sea salt

The lettuces and radishes were made into a wilted lettuce salad
with bacon fried and the grease, tarragon vinegar and sugar made into a hot dressing which was poured over.

We always take Sunday Lunch in the dining room
Served family style.
The chicken "drippings" made a wonderful gravy

And, this, the first Farmer's Market meal of 2013 was superb!

Thank you Randy and Mary!!!!

I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphous Monday.


Southerncook said...

It sounds like you have an excellent Farmers Market. I am envious of those lilacs and they look just beautiful on your table. After reading your post it made me hungry for a Roasted Chicken, you made it look soooooooo yummy.


Pondside said...

Our markets will start after the May long weekend (Victoria Day, or The Queen's Birthday, it's called). You certainly did well on your first visit, and the lunch couldn't have been fresher!

Shanee said...

Wow...great day at Farmer's Market! Your dishes look delicious and I can just smell those beautiful lilacs! Thanks for sharing, visiting from BNOP.

On Crooked Creek said...

It was so~o~o COLD with the rain, wind and cool temperatures, that I didn't even stop on the Farmer's Market isle at the Herb Day Festivities!!!
Your first Farmer's Market meal looks simply divine, dear friend!!!
If you find Spring on your side of the Prairie, please send him/her our direction, too!!!