Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to be invited by Chevy to join a small group of bloggers for a road trip to the Pearl Farmers Market in San Antonio. As I rarely turn down a trip to a farmers market, I accepted, although a bit skeptical as I have always been a little biased against American-made cars.
Call it left-over stereotyping from the 80’s, but in my mind American cars are rattly messes that don’t get good gas mileage. Well, needless to say, after driving four different vehicles that day, I will admit that I was wrong. (You might want to bookmark this page as you won’t see this type of admission often.) Chevy’s little road trip worked it’s magic because I fell in love with a car – the Camaro.
Big fun! Very big fun! Of course, it’s completely impractical, I will never own one and I was forever grateful that I was driving the Malibu (which is surprisingly comfortable and posh) and not the Camaro when we got stuck in traffic on the way home. But man – was it a fun way to arrive at the Pearl Farmers Market.
I was pleasantly surprised to see how much the Pearl Farmers Market has grown since my visit in September. You can really fill a market bag now with everything from fresh produce to proteins to olive oil to cheeses.
Since Farmhouse Delivery just dropped off my CSA share of veggies, I focused on the non-produce booths. I bought chevre from CKC Farms, a goat cheese vendor who has amazing products and is now coming to Austin for the Thursday Westlake market and the Downtown Austin Farmers Market.
L & M Beef tempted me with soup bones at the bargain basement price of $2/lb – could not pass that up. I bought a ham steak from Menzies Farm, who suggested that I pan fry it with salt and pepper, a great way to bring out the flavor of the lamb.
I was a little stunned when I saw a booth with farm-raised tilapia. R. Scott Enterprises, Inc operates an aquaponics farm where they grow lettuces hydroponically and raise healthy tilapia without antibiotics, something rarely accomplished for farm-raised fish. For the second time that day, I was skeptical, so I did the only thing I could do, I bought some.
The HGD Foods booth a few stalls down was selling Gourmet Gluten Free Fish Fry mix so I finished my purchases with all the supplies for a great fish fry. I made the fish this week and it was fantastic – flaky, light and tasted great. I never would have guessed that it was farm-raised.
Chevy bought us lunch at the Texas Farm to Table Cafe before we headed back to Austin. The cafe serves sandwiches, salads and breakfast items that are sourced from Texas farms whenever possible. The Deep Ellum Blue salad very tasty and a the cafe was a pleasant place to refuel before we headed home.
The road trip to San Antonio was fun and I was reminded twice that day about being open-minded. Life’s a lot more fun when you try new things!