Who says there's nothing fresh to eat in winter? The early January ice storm wiped out my beloved kale. But I still managed to cover a kitchen counter with what I found on Saturday morning at the Matthews Community Market, held every other week in winter.
Yes, Saturday, Feb. 12. That's what local farmers managed to coax out of the ground or out of their ovens.
My haul: Thumb-sized sunchokes for cutting raw into salads, carrots, radishes, spinach, Brussels sprouts, four kinds of lettuce, fresh goat cheese, whole-wheat Italian bread, sweet potatoes, eggs and green onions. I left off the two chicken leg quarters because there was no room in the frame.
Seriously, nothing fresh to eat in winter? Not in this climate. Market manager Pauline Woods says they're getting so many farmers and customers at the every-other-week winter market that they'll probably go to every week next winter. They also have a small market on the off weeks. While you're waiting for Saturday morning to roll around, here's a little picture show to get you in the mood: