Homegrown on the coast.
Today’s post is a little different than our usual restaurant/recipe succession, but we promise it’s for good reason! A few good reasons, actually. The first of those reasons is that the ingredients for the recipe we’ll be revealing next week, inspired by Muse Bistro (can you guess it?), was partially sourced from this trip we took to the farmers’ market in Southside Corpus Christi. Between that, the extra goodies we picked up along the way, and our general love for local sourcing and farm-to-table style dining, we decided to dedicate an entire post to the trip.
Now, for the next very good reason we’re breaking tradition a bit this week…to introduce a new concept we’ll be trying out! What sets the tone for a good meal better than the perfect tunes? What brings people together the same way a great meal does? Music–and anyone who knows us knows we absolutely love music. Besides trying out new restaurants, concerts are our favorite thing to do together. This is why we’ve teamed up with our music aficionado friend, Makaila, to bring you a mini playlist that will match the vibes of the recipe and restaurant set we post about! This week’s playlist? “f&f 1: farmers’ markets & brunch boards.” We hope you’re as excited as we are about this!
What’s more classic than a lollipop? We picked up three of the cutest lollipops, all made by hand at a local farm and with visible inclusions of their respective flavors. For example, the rosemary mint flavor had a teensy sprig of rosemary visible through the candy. We also bought the honey lemon and the dill. The dill was our favorite, and tasted almost like pickle popcorn–sweet and salty, but not sour. There were other vendors peddling sweet treats like breads and pastries as well…we were sad to not be able to purchase the entire market.
Technically we didn’t actually buy anything “savory,” but since we used what we bought to create a meal, we figured it was allowed. Also, it’s our blog. We make the rules. Lol. Yes, we’re talking more to ourselves than anyone else.
Ahem. Anyway. Let’s jam. Jams and jellies are what we walked away with. We fell for these 30+ jam varieties hard and walked away with Port Fig, Chocolate Raspberry, Mango Jalapeno, and Strawberry Basil flavors. Aside from the jams, there were vegetables, fruits, and meat available on the savory front.
Things to Know Before You Go:
- A farmers’ market is not a substitute for your regular grocery trip. While they are wonderful, they are also limited in available products by season, region, etc. Our suggestion? Go with a recipe in mind and get what you can, but plan to fill in the gaps at the store on your way home.
- Most vendors now take card payments, but it’s always good to plan ahead and pick up some cash just in case. You don’t want to lose your beloved veggies just because you forgot to stop by the bank!
- Don’t be close-minded. Farmers’ markets offer a ton of unique flavors and twists on traditional products. They also often have great non-edible products, like jewelry, that make for great gifts!
When Should You Make Your Own Trip to the Farmers’ Market?
The one we attended in Southside Corpus Christi is only open Saturday mornings. In Downtown Corpus Christi, there is another market that is every Wednesday evening, and occasionally others will pop up. We suggest following various markets on social media to keep up with their plans as well as searching “farmers’ markets near me” regularly to find new events.
The playlist for the next two weeks, “f&f 1: farmers’ markets & brunch boards” is an eclectic mix of upbeat, indie tunes. This is the type of music that makes you want to be in the open-air of a farmers’ market, strolling through the aisles with a wicker basket, daydreaming of the meal to come. Enjoy.