Week three and still going strong! It’s interesting how quickly something can become a habit. I already feel like this weekly farmer’s market trip is something that we’ve been doing forever and I get excited come Friday, knowing we are going to head there Saturday morning. Each week we’ve tried something new or treated ourselves to some kind of treat and this week it was cheese!
Bruschetta herb cheese, locally made by a few dairy farmers trying to increase their profits. We got to chatting with them about the pricing of milk and how that has been affecting dairy farmers. Government regulation of milk prices began back in the 1930’s and many of the characteristics of milk, marketing of dairy products and related economic conditions that justified regulation in the 1930’s have remained the same:
- Milk is a perishable product and must be harvested daily
- No other regulations would be in place to assure an adequate supply of milk
- Production is highest when demand for fluid milk is at a seasonal low, largely due to the fact that a significant amount of fluid milk is consumed by children at school.
- The swings in milk prices between the highs and lows could potentially be much greater without the stability offered by regulation.
However, these regulations make it difficult for small dairy farms to make a profit and doesn’t always leave dairy farmers in the best spot. In fact, many small dairy farmers have had to shut down or find other ways to supplement their income, hence this delicious cheese. We got to sample a bunch of Bisner Farms cheeses including the bruchetta one below, a jalapeno one and a Merlot cheddar. All of them were delicious!
Here is what we got:
2 bunches of carrots
1 head of cauliflower
2 heads of garlic
1 large white onion
1 bunch of radishes
1 bunch of red spring onions
2 ears of corn
1 bunch of dragon kale
1 bunch of curly kale
1 head of romaine lettuce
1 loaf of 7 grain bread
1 block of cheese
Total cost: $38 dollars
We also purchased coffee, a six pack of beer and milk from our local market. As well as ground beef, ground turkey, chicken breast, maple breakfast sausage and bacon from the local butcher, Hemps.
Total Cost: $70 bucks.
This week’s grand total: $108.00
With all of these farmer’s market goodies we had a summer feast. We grilled out and even got in a bit of meal prep for the week by throwing on some chicken breast and veggies that we later put aside for meals this week. Here’s a peek at how we did it.
Just a casual meal for two. Just kidding! Like I said, we meal prepped for the week while we grilled for our Saturday night feast. We were able to make a salad out of most of these grilled veggies that we ate cold the next day, along with the extra burgers we grilled.
Over all it was a fantastic weekend and another great trip to the market! Stay tuned to see what we do with this week’s haul. Right now I’m dreaming about making this soup despite the 90 degree temperatures we are currently experiencing here in the mid-Atlantic.
Hope you’re having a great week!