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The Haul: Skating By Edition

Today’s was a very varied haul. I got to the farmer’s market much later than normal. It was a lot busier and the band that was playing (Mule Train) was quite good. I picked up:

  • Cherry and larger tomatoes
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Kale (2 bunches)
  • Smoked salmon salad (which I confirmed was mayo-less, sweet!)

I had wanted to pick up some pork for breakfast sausage, but the vendor I had in mind didn’t have any plain ground pork today. I decided to drive home and drop off my purchases so far before heading back out.

After stops at the library and dry cleaners, I went to the Amish market. My only intended purchases were ground turkey for breakfast sausage and possibly a spaghetti squash (more on why later). But it was another pig roast day! I did get the turkey (and also some chicken sausage and a piece of turkey jerky to try), but then stopped at almost all of the outdoor booths, picking up:

  • Pulled pork bbq and sauce
  • 2 pints sugar-free applesauce
  • 1 pint raspberry ice cream (egg-free, yeah!) and 1 vanilla milkshake (devoured within minutes)

I forgot to get the squash.

Then I headed over to Captains Ketch and was surprised to see skate available there! I picked up a 1/4-pound fillet, along with a lemon, scallops and mussels.

Captain’s Ketch had recipes available for the skate. I chose one in which you broil it with butter, capers and lemon. I don’t usually have butter on hand, so I used olive oil. The meat of the fish is so mild, it really just ended up tasting like lemony capers. It’s the texture that’s so unique. I really wish I’d taken picture before I cooked it. Next time, I want to try sauteing it instead.

Garden Update

Last week, I used some compost in my VegTrug for the first time. I can only hope that it’s making the existing plants grow faster. All I really noticed over the past week is the huge quantity of seedlings that cropped up from the compost itself (mostly squash and tomato plants). I spent several minutes pulling them up this morning. I think that if I had really worked the compost into the soil instead of just laying it on top of what’s there, this wouldn’t have been as much of a problem. Lesson learned for next year when I refresh the soil in the VegTrug.

But it gave me an idea. I want to try and grow spaghetti squash next year and was going to try saving my own seeds from a purchased squash. I forgot to buy one today though — hopefully they’ll still be available next week.

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About baysideresearch

I am a genealogist based on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. I also like food and try to eat as locally and sustainably as possible. I have blogs about both!

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