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I am married to the love of my life and am finally able to shower him with all of the attention he deserves. I am now retired and living the life here in Europe. I am an American, he is an Australian, and this is our second overseas address. The first was Shanghai, China and now Munich, Germany. Come along and live the life with us as we continue our adventure of discovering all Europe has to offer.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

TODAY IS MARKET DAY!


Each week our village is visited by surrounding farmers who bring in their produce for us to purchase.  The produce is organic and fresh.  As the summer draws to an end, it won't be long before squash, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes begin to appear.  I am anxiously awaiting these vegetables as the ones in the stores are not worth buying at the moment.


In addition to the lovely produce, they bring kegs of delicious olives, sun dried tomatoes, gherkins, fresh cheeses and breads to the market .  Right now it is mushroom season and I have been buying them to prepare sauteed over a salad of baby lettuce and arugula.  Delicious with fresh tomato, cucumber and balsamic vinegar and oil dressing.


I can't think of a vegetable or fruit that I would need that doesn't exist in this market.  They even bring exotic fruits that I have only seen in Asia, such as durian, the fruit Singapore banned because of it's obnoxious smell.  But, it is so delicious and sweet.  Almost like custard.


The durian fruit is in the basket at the bottom of the photo with the spiny skin.  The moment it falls from the tree it begins to give off it's uniquely abhorrent odor.  Only the brave dare to slice it open to find it's sweet pulp.  Rambutans, the red spiky fruit on the top shelf can be found in Malaysia, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Hawaii, and even Puerto Rico.  They have a white, soft, oval seed that tastes similar to a lychee, to me.  What a treat to find in Munich!


It wouldn't be a farmer's market without fresh farm eggs.  This particular farmer has lines before his stall that are a good 20 feet long.  I head out early since the market is across the street, just to be sure to get his eggs before he sells out.  He even sells hard-boiled eggs that are amazing.  On Friday, he comes again to sell his freshly butchered meats.  Lamb, chicken, duck, beef, pork and home made sausages.  Again, if you don't get to him early, he may sell out before the day is over.


Here is the mushroom stall with about every kind of mushroom you might imagine.  They even sell white truffles if that is what you like to prepare.  I love to eat pasta with shaved white truffles, from Italy.  Perhaps I will try to prepare my own one day.  The possibilities are endless when so much fresh produce is just at your fingertips.  Tonight I am preparing a carrot, orange, and ginger cream soup with the lovely carrots I bought.  I will let you know how it turns out.  It is the first time I have made it.  

3 comments:

Joyce said...

We are surrounded by farms up here and our little town just started a market this summer. I have really enjoyed that sort of shopping again. So great to skip the chain store step in getting food on the table!

skoots1mom said...

beautiful and YUMMY! would love to taste your soup...my hub's fav is the tomatoes and silver-queen corn

Conny said...

Hope you don't mind my smattering of comments as I peruse your blog. I just have one word for this post: JEALOUS!!!!!!!