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It’s a tradition that my family has every Sunday morning during the summer months. We head downtown to the Baileys Harbor Farm Market and buy as much of our fresh produce for the week. You can’t beat the prices or quality and it makes you feel like you are supporting your fellow community members as opposed to buying from big box stores (not that we have too many of those in Door County). I always think about this picture I see all over Facebook about buying local. I feel like it’s important to put it in this blog to show that buying from farm markets aren’t just “trendy”, it’s a way to give back.
“When you buy from a mom or pop business, you are not helping a CEO buy a third vacation home. You are helping a little girl get dance lessons, a little boy get his team jersey, a mom or dad put food on the table, a family pay a mortgage, or a student pay for college…” - Anonymous
On this particular trip, we stopped by Sully’s Produce stand, a regular vendor located at 7054 Cty C in Sturgeon Bay. You can find their updates on their facebook page. You have to go early because they sell out so quickly that there’s usually a line to get their stuff. I couldn’t help but stare at the produce that they have! We purchased a giant red onion, 4 cobs of sweet corn, a big bag of green beans, 3 large beefsteak tomatoes, and a peck of baby red potatoes for $12. The onion was so big that I had to hold it with two hands! Keep in mind what you are cooking when you are buying. My husband and I were making gorgeous ribeye steaks and needed some fresh veggies to accompany them.
After buying the produce, we walked around the market and stopped here and there taking a look at the other vendors. Not only are there produce vendors there, but also a wide variety of arts, crafts & home items such as hand engraved wooden signs, jewelry and more. We had to stop and get a few egg rolls from the vendor in the middle. She makes the best hot sauce for dipping egg rolls in and we can’t seem to make it past that vendor without Andrea begging for some. With our bellies full and our arms getting tired, we decided to go home and get on with our day.
Dinner time rolled around and we got all the veggies out of the fridge and started to cut them up. I began with quartering up the baby reds and tossing them in a pot of boiling water. Andy had suggested we make our favorite garlic smashed potatoes. After the potatoes were cooked enough to be mashed, I drained the water and mashed them adding 1 ½ cup sour cream, a few tablespoons of butter and 1 tsp (or more) of granulated garlic. I sliced up the onion and snapped the ends of the green beans off and threw them in a sauté pan with olive oil and fresh garlic and cooked them on medium heat seasoning with black pepper. As an appetizer, we sliced up one of the gorgeous tomatoes in ½” slices and laid them out on a plate, sprinkled them with lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and fresh ground pepper. We pan seared the steaks using olive oil, fresh garlic and steak seasoning on medium high heat in a cast iron pan. Although the steaks didn’t come from the market, we purchased a half beef from our friends who raise their own grass fed cattle with no antibiotics or chemicals about 20 minutes from our house.
After we realized how much food we already made, we opted to save the corn on the cob, half the green beans, half the onion and two of the tomatoes for later in the week. This meal cost us less than $10 a person and we each had enough for dinner the next night with just our leftovers. Don’t get me wrong, we love to go out to eat and Door County is one of the best culinary places in the state. Many of the restaurants in DoCo are fully embracing the Buy Local movement by purchasing many of their ingredients within the county. Sometimes it’s just nice to keep it simple and eat dinner in your pajamas while watching a great movie at home and a cold drink. Tonight was one of those nights and farm markets are the best way to accomplish that.
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