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On Sunday, Matthew and I went to the Nashville Farmer’s Market. I think I mentioned previously on this blog that he and I went to a satellite of the big farmer’s market that’s just down the street from us. That one was okay, but it only had a couple of vendors, and it’s only there one day a week for a couple of hours. Sunday, we finally checked out the big one and discovered how much we have been missing out.

It is a fabulous farmer’s market! There are tons of different vendors, and it brings my heart such joy to walk around and see all the beautiful colors of the fresh produce and flowers. It was especially exciting because seeing all of the pumpkins and gourds really made it feel like fall. And I love  fall. In addition to produce, there are vendors selling dairy and egg products, as well as jarred products like honey, preserves, salsa, and sauces. There are also restaurants selling a variety of cuisine, including jamaican, indian, BBQ, creole, etc. Lastly, there’s an international market, which we were thrilled to find. Our grocery store actually has a pretty good international foods aisle, but there are some spice mixtures that we’ve been looking for to make Indian food that our grocery store doesn’t have. And as it turns out, this market sells big bags of spices that are much cheaper than at the grocery store and are probably more authentic. Win. :)

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos of the market. I did, however, take a picture of our loot: a bag of curry powder, a bag of garam masala , black bean and corn salsa, and cinnamon apple barbecue sauce (It is really delicious.).

After scoping everything out and seeing the huge variety of produce available at prices that are either comparable or cheaper than grocery store prices (and did I mention it’s only 8 minutes away from our apartment?), we have decided to make a weekly trip to the farmer’s market before we go to the grocery store so that we can try and buy most of our produce there. I am seriously looking forward to eating truly fresh, local produce and trying to craft our meals around what is in season. (That’s not to say that we won’t continue buying some produce at the grocery store. Bananas are kind of a staple for me.)

So with all that in mind, what are our eating plans for this coming week? (Tomorrow is grocery shopping day!) Well, this week we’re planning to try…

Wednesday: Butternut Squash and Chickpea Curry

Thursday: Blue Cheese Stuffed Pork Chops with Pears and Roasted Asparagus

Friday: Fast Chicken Fajita Rollups (without the actual tortillas b/c we try to avoid unnecessary carbs) with Un”fried” Black Beans and Guacamole Salad

Saturday: Thai Basil Turkey Meatballs with stir-fried vegetables

Sunday: Date Night :)

Monday: Crock Pot Orange Chicken (probably with additional vegetables added to the recipe)

Tuesday: Chicken Pad Thai (our first attempt ever at one of our favorite dishes to eat out!)

Foods for these recipes that are currently in season in TN and that we will probably be buying at the farmer’s market include: butternut squash, pears, bell pepper, tomatoes, basil, broccoli and jalapeno. I am so exited. I also plan to take advantage of October being apple season by trying out some different baking recipes with apples. This week I’m probably going to try these Zucchini Apple Muffins.

So there, you have it. Another delicious and exciting week in our kitchen. We’re trying a lot of new recipes, so I hope they go well!