While my food adventures continue in Colorado Springs, I decided to take a break from baking and focused on cooking this week.
There are several farmerâ€™s markets that occur over the course of the weekend throughout the city of Colorado Springs. Itâ€™s hard not to take advantage of them.
I know what you are thinking, California has some of the best freshly grown produceâ€”especially right at home in the valley.
Iâ€™m not suggesting this produce is better, I am merely saying how great it is to cook with fresh produce.
While I have gone to the farmerâ€™s market a couple of times since living here, this week was particularly special because it was the first time Iâ€™ve had visitors since moving from California!
My dear brother and his wife (who are on a month long road trip) put Colorado Springs on their route and drove up from the Grand Canyon to come visit me.
My brother and sister-in-law had been on the road for almost two weeks, and had been either eating out or eating a lot of camp-made pasta. I really wanted to make them a fresh and home cooked meal.
So, I headed down to the farmerâ€™s market and picked up a bunch of fresh produceâ€”including Coloradoâ€™s own pueblo-roasted chiliâ€™s and farm-to-table fajitas.
The meal (minus the shrimp, tortillas and meat) was all from the farmerâ€™s market.
I made salsa, roasted vegetables and dessertâ€”all with these vibrant and fresh-tasting vegetables!
I used the following vegetables in my fajitas:
Red bell pepper
Green bell pepper
Yellow bell pepper
Orange bell pepper
I marinated the vegetables (except the green onion) in the following marinade:
Â¼ cup olive oil
Â¼ cup lime juice
Â¼ cup apple cider vinegar
The Salsa was made with the following ingredients:
Salt to taste
It was prepared in the following manner:
1.) Cut tomatoes in half and place in pan with chilies and garlic.
2,) Roast until the skin of the tomatoes begins to peel off.
3.) Blend the ingredients together.
4.) Stir in cilantro and green chili.
5.) Once chilled, add salt to taste.
For dessert, I simply cut a peach in half, grilled it and drizzled local honey I bought at the farmerâ€™s market on top. DELICIOUS!
This meal was by far one of the best and freshest meals Iâ€™ve had in a long time.Â I highly recommend that anytime you can buy local, to do so!
You can often get really good deals, but when you canâ€™t, and the prices are a little more, it still is worth it for the quality.
Sadly, the farmersâ€™ market will only be open for another month before they close down because of the weather. Â I am definitely going to take advantage of it the next couple of weeks.
Whatâ€™s your favorite farm-to-table recipe?