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Good pickings at The Farmer’s Market

Guest columnist

There’s something special about an early morning trip to the Farmer’s Market. The air is still cool and the pickings are best before the crowd arrives.
Those of us who once had a home garden and gathered our own vegetables, know the work that’s involved in bringing these baskets to market. And in making our selection, we know that dinner will be better today.
Sometimes you meet friends whom you haven’t seen in a while. It’s a good time to catch up on what’s new with them and maybe trade a few recipes.
Lots of folks enjoy fresh vegetables and home cooking. One old friend, who almost has dibs on the market’s corner, told me how much he liked his wife’s cooking. He said he was really good to her so she would keep cooking.
Well, I told him, that’s one way to get your plate filled three times a day and your socks washed when needed.
Now cooking is looked upon almost as an art that few of us have mastered. But most Southern folk still like their tomatoes sliced and their okra fried.
No recipe needed for the best summer treat. Two slices of fresh Merita bread, a thick spread of Duke’s mayonnaise and sliced tomatoes. Best put together and eaten over the sink to catch the drippings.
Only home-grown tomatoes work with this and no written recipe needed. Once you try this, you will never forget the taste. As soon as the weather turns warm again you will start looking for the perfect red ripe tomato.
If you don’t grow your own, try looking in your neighbor’s backyard.
Can’t find any?
Three days a week, the farmer’s market is right around the corner.
Kathryn Yarbro is former managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News.

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