Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tremont Farmers Market Demo

I like fruit.  I probably don't eat nearly as much as I should.  Probably because I just don't get that excited about supermarket fruit.  Local, in season fruit though, look out, I will make a pig of myself.

Do you remember the first time you bit into a juicy, ripe peach as a kid, and the sweetness just washed over you, while the juice ran down your arm (and your chin)?

This evening I was invited to do the chef demo at the beautiful Tremont Farmers Market, where I encountered my first local peaches of the season.

The nice folks at Wolff Farms provided me with some ripe seconds for my demo.  As I strolled the market and saw the beautiful heirloom tomatoes and fresh opal and green basil at Por-Bar Farms, inspiration struck.

Peaches, beautiful heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil....sounds like a delicious salad to me.  Maybe a little raw corn fresh from the cob.  A little olive oil and lemon balsamic vinegar.  What about some Lemon Zest Grass-Fed cheese?  Yes, yes, yes!

So with purchases in hand, I set to work, while taking in the bustling market.  Unlike the Akron area markets, the Tremont market is in a bustling city neighborhood.  So it soon fills with families, with kids and dogs in tow, folks on bicycles, spilling into Lincoln Park, which is sort of in the heart of the neighborhood, which also has a playground full of happy kids.

After I chopped and dressed my salad, I decided it needed a little more color and crunch, so I added a couple of cucumbers.  So here is another fresh, easy, refreshing, fun summer salad that you can whip up in no time without heating the kitchen.

Fresh Corn, Peach, Cucumber, Heirloom Tomato, Basil Salad

2 ears of fresh corn, shucked, silk removed, cut from cobs
2-3  ripe, fresh peaches, peeled and diced
3-4 ripe, firm, heirloom tomatoes diced
handful of fresh basil (I used a mix of green and red), cut in chiffonade
2 small cucumbers, diced
lemon zest flavored grass-fed cheese, shredded (optional)
Olive Oil
Lemon Balsamic Vinegar (or white wine vinegar)
salt and pepper

Combine fruit, veggies and herbs in a large bowl.  Drizzle with oil and vinegar to taste, and season with salt and pepper.  Toss and taste to check seasoning; adjust if necessary.

1 comment:

  1. Tammy,

    I didn't get to thank you again last night after I enjoyed your wonderful salad - THANKS, so delicious!

    Please visit us again sometime at the Tremont Farmers' Market!

    The weekly chef demos from various local chefs is amazing and yet quite simple and inspiring to the market goers!
    Kevin @ Por-Bar Farms


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