Unfortunately they don't let you take photos in the store (I can't figure out why), but here's what I got:
My favorite part about the produce section is that I've never heard of about a quarter of the items they sell. It's the perfect place to find strange ingredients for recipes, but I'm also excited about trying something new each time I go. This time I didn't go too crazy, but I decided that I needed to finally eat a dragon fruit. The descriptive sign above them went into detail about their laxative effects, so I was a bit hesitant about eating it the night before my trip, but I was brave and suffered no consequences. I really enjoyed it, and was excited to see some at the opening reception at my conference a mere two days later.
My favorite part of my new food adventure has been enjoying all of the fruits and veggies from my grandma's garden. I have an amazing family (and am completely spoiled), and my mom and great aunt and uncle pick food specifically for me whenever Mom will be making a stop by my place on her way home from Grandmother's house. It might not be that exciting for those of you with great gardens, but it's wonderful when you're stuck in an apartment with no place to grow anything. Here's what Mom brought last weekend:
(okra, butter beans, millions of tomatoes, and butternut squash)
(a mess of green beans)
Plus I have more blueberries, but I forgot to take a photo. How can you be sad when your dining room table is filled with amazing produce? I going to experiment with drying some of the figs in my oven this weekend - does anybody have any tips?
And to top it all off, I had the experience of my life the other day. Every year my grandparents would take a field trip to Dickey Farms in Musella, GA. After hearing tons about this place, I convinced one of my friends that we should venture out there, and now I completely understand why they love Dickey Farms. It's not a huge operation, but I was mesmerized by the washing/sorting/packing machines. If you go in the middle of the day, you will find dozens of retired people sitting on the porch in rockers eating peach ice cream. And if you go out back, little old ladies are frantically piling the "reject" peaches into 1/2 bushel boxes. While we were there, a church van pulled up with tons of excited ladies, and I can only imagine the pies and cobblers that they made when they got home. We happily joined in to fill our box for only $5. Yes, you read that right. Five dollars. And we had well over 30 pounds of peaches in our box. The entire process was fun - I was trying to catch the peaches as they flew off the conveyor belt (but felt like Lucy in the chocolate factory). Many of the "rejects" had a soft spot, but plenty were fine - just too ripe to ship to stores. We split the box, but I was still exhausted after freezing my half. A big part of me wants to go back next week, but I'm not sure what I would do with more peaches.
Somehow between shelling beans and going to the peach farm, I've been able to get a lot of work done in preparation for my fall classes, but that's less fun to talk about :). Have any of you had an exciting food adventure recently?