One day early on in the farmers' market season, I spied Jill Rose, owner of Chiboust gathering an unbelievable amount of rhubarb stalks from Galeski's stand. And I thought, that's how it should be.
Chef goes to market, buys local food from the farmer himself, returns to restaurant to cook incredibly fresh, special food for her clientele. No more steps required.
Area chefs, including Jill Rose and a few others from our best village farm-to-table restaurants, will be showing shoppers just how to achieve restaurant-quality but super-simple fresh fare in your own home.
September is "Taste the Season" time each Saturday at Patriot's Park market when from 10 a.m. to noon, an expert will do a cooking demo with nothing but a prep table, a burner, and ingredients bought from the market that day.
Here's the schedule:
Sept. 1 - Natasha Bernadez, holistic cook for families
Sept. 8 -
Sept. 15 -
Sept. 22 -
Sept. 29 - Jackie Vanor (Health Coach at jackievanor.com) and Maggie Harrs (of theinspiredkitchen.net)
"Farmers' markets kind of go against what we've grown up with," said Frankie Rowland, marketing director for Community Markets which operates seven markets in the county. She described our modern expectation for anything whenever we want it. Strawberries in December, constant convenience.
But the market offers a different model that these chefs will be showcasing. "It deals with seasonality," said Rowland. "It's better not to go with a shopping list but to be open-minded and buy what's good that day."