Right food, right place, right time
MARKET MUSINGS FROM JANE MARTIN
Just back from a quick dash to the Haddonfield Farmer’s Market with a huge bag full of goodies. Fresh Jersey blueberries are all over the place – I picked up a few pints. Also got the best arugula from my girl at Taproots Farm, freshly made local sausage from my buddies at Mitchell and Geno, long hots and radishes from Matt at Duffield’s. Had a bacon jam and jarlsberg crepe from Charlie’s Crepes. Charlie learned the art in France and it shows! Listened to some music, kibitzed with friends and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
No matter where you live, I’m sure there is a farmer’s market to patronize and I’m wholeheartedly in favor of you doing just that!
One of my favorite cooks, Nigel Slater, has a great quote describing his wonderful cookbook, The Kitchen Diaries, that sums it up perfectly:
“Right food, right place, right time. It is my belief—and the point of this book—that this is the best recipe of all. A crab sandwich by the sea on a June afternoon; a slice of roast goose with apple sauce and roast potatoes on Christmas Day; hot sausages and a chunk of roast pumpkin on a frost-sparkling night in November. These are meals whose success relies not on the expertise of the cook but on the more basic premise that this is the food of the moment–something eaten at a time when it is most appropriate, when the ingredients are at their peak of perfection, when the food, the cook and the time of year are at one with each other.”