There are a number of things that can brighten anyone’s weekend, especially in the summertime. That’s where Grill Day, wild fish, and the local farmers’ market come in.
Mama Dazz and I drove to Ben Brenman Park in Alexandria, just a few miles from SportRock. The West End Farmers Market has two rows of white tents, filled with tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, cucumber, eggplants, crafts, baked goods, flowers, and more. A nice gentleman, either picking up my need to smile or hearing my comment on the beautiful sunflowers, gave me a pink carnation to enjoy.
It was a nice excursion, and we walked to the car with Cherokee Purple tomatoes, basil, collard greens, yellow zucchini, purple okra, and eggplant in hand.
We cooked the tomato, zucchini, and eggplant on the grill with the (wild) corvina fillets, and pan-fried the okra lightly dusted with Maseca® corn flour in our cast iron pan. (Let it be known to cyberspace that this was the first time I ever enjoyed okra.) The basil made a wonderful salad with sweet onion and cucumber, and harmonized well with the other components of the dish.
Whenever we have these sort of meals, I wonder why we don’t go to the farmers’ market more often. It is certainly worth it.