To the dismay of local MenuPages fans, Adam’s services are needed in other menuniverses this summer. Though his food rhetoric won’t die off completely, he’s enlisted a group of menu aficionados to fill in. I’m one of them.
Like you, I rely on the MenuPages blog to beef up my morning procrastination routine. Upon arrival at the office I check email, the weather and the MenuPages blog to catch up on all things edible in Chicago before doing any actual work. To ward off any unwarranted guilt I may have over this delay in corporate obligation, my morning routine will now include posting; a productive, “for fun” activity according to Adam. Indeed. A morning at the farmer’s market is way more fun than doing my real job. Take a look at the goods:
Asparagus, $2 a bunch from Stover’s Farm Market, Berrien Springs, MI.
Chicago PD and honey bears guard Stover’s Farm jams and nut butters, $4.95.
The jam man also recommends Leola’s Cajun Chow Chow, made with green tomatoes, onions, peppers, vinegar, carrots and habenero and cayenne peppers. What do you do with Chow Chow, I asked? His response, “thrower on some meat or fish and griller up.” Finally, a feminine and spicy marinade.
Make the jump for cherry-filled strudel, herbs and more.
Cherry strudel, $3.
If you’re not in a strudel mood, there’s banana and zucchini bread, mini apple, cherry and blueberry pies, and of course, giant danish.
$2 herbs from Smits Farms in Chicago Heights, IL.
Blooms, $3 a bunch.
Green Garlic, $3 a bunch from Nicholas Farm & Orchard in Marengo, IL.
Tubs of cashew crunch, peanut crunch, chocolate-covered crunch, pecan crunch and nutty crunch from Rise ‘n Roll Bakery, $6.99.