This afternoon Ryan and I took a bike ride to the farmer’s market on the commons!! It’s my first time going to this one so I was very excited!! It took us a little under 20 minutes to bike there and it felt great! The sun is shining, but there is zero humidity!! HORAY!! We locked our bikes up and started examining our produce options.
[ Check out that maple syrup!!!
It is literally tapped in our town!! ]
[ Of course we bought some bagels too: 2 onion, 2 health bagels, 2 spinach & herb ]
We were so overwhelmed with amazing food that we couldn’t choose what we wanted for lunch. There were amazing fresh bagels that could be made into hummus sandwiches, amazing produce and fresh herbs for salad or wraps, spice packets that could be made in to dips for bread, and then we found it… a great loaf of bread with tomatoes and basil on top. That set the tone. We now had a mission: we’ll toast the bread in the oven and create a great fresh salad with herbs and tomatoes to have alongside.
We had our minds set on a a great head of romaine lettuce, basil, chives and cherry tomatoes, but that changed when we discovered that everyone had run out of basil!! We started sampling greens to check their flavor profiles. We found the spiciest arugula ever… and now we had to change our plan!!
Moral of the story is… farmers markets rule.
1 loaf fresh baked tomato-basil bread
1 large head romaine lettuce
1 bunch arugula
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Fresh cut chives
Your favorite homemade herb dressing
Heat the bread in a 400 degree oven for at least 10 minutes, or until crisp. Bake directly on the grate.
Wash and cut all the vegetables. Gently dry then serve alongside a warm sliver of bread.