How to stop being intimidated by the farmer's market?
July 15, 2012 6:27 AM Subscribe
Help me stop being intimidated by my local farmer's market.
posted by Tin Man to food & drink (40 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
I live around the corner from a twice-weekly farmer's market. I usually buy my weekly container of blueberries for my morning oatmeal (and sometimes a tomato for slicing onto my sandwiches), but I want to delve further.
I'm very curious about all the different types of produce they sell there, but: (1) I rarely cook and therefore don't know what to do with whatever I would buy there, and (2) I'm too nervous to talk to the sellers (I don't want to take up their time) and I feel intimidated by the shoppers who show up with their canvas bags and just seem to know exactly what they're doing.
Also -- I could buy some produce on Sunday morning, but by Sunday night, what would I rather do? Order in some Thai food with its varieties of interesting ingredients and flavors, or sit there and eat a plate of beets? In theory I always want to cook more, but in practice it winds up being frustrating and pain in the ass.
So, I want to wade in slowly rather than buying a heap of produce that will just sit and rot in my fridge because I'm too scared or bored to use it. I'd be OK with buying, say, one type of vegetable at a time and learning how to cook it as a side dish alongside takeout.
I bought "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone" and maybe that's a good start.
But I wondered if there's anything else that can help me get over my awkwardness at the farmer's market.