Vroom, vroom, vroom… the wheels on my little car went round and round this weekend. Didn’t get to do as much as I had hoped, but then there’s always next weekend; which by the way is the long weekend. Hard to believe it’s already going to be July.
- #31 – Mosborough Country Market
I had visited this fresh food market nestled on the outside of Guelph a number of times in the past and always enjoyed the wide variety it offered. I went on Saturday afternoon – the sun was beaming hot rays upon us. My son was with me once again and was more than happy to stay in the car playing his DS while I ran into the market to get a few things. I have to admit, the boy knows me well, he told me that I would be gone forever… I always took forever when I am around food. I couldn’t help but smile as I knew, as well as he did, that he was without a doubt correct. And off I went into the market.
As I noted, there were a lot of people in and outside the market. The Mosborough market has a great selection of flowers and planters throughout the summer. I was not really in the mood to look at flowers that afternoon so I pushed my way inside to see what I could find.
I was not disappointed – the owners have a nack for mixing fresh food with interesting and original home decor pieces. I found the pieces to be very well priced and unique to what you would find in a department store. But, this time, I was in search of fresh vegetables and anything else that happened to jump in my basket.
The market is not a huge space but I still managed to have to go around a number of times to ensure I had not missed anything. The first round was to look at the vegetables. Even at this tender start of our summer – there were a number of local vegetables. Basket in hand, I started to fill it – can you picture my smile getting bigger and bigger.
As I looked over each product – I started to envision what I could make from it. First thing that came to mind was to put together my mom’s famous vegetable soup. I had bought soup bones at the Whole Circle Farm a few weeks ago and I know they were just waiting to meet the right vegetables… I picked up cabbage, celery, carrots, beef strips, sweet potatoes, and apples. Of course the apples were not for the soup – I had promised my son an apple pie or apple crisp – I could already smell that aromatic cinnamon and nutmeg mixture as it cooked off the apples in my gorgeous Le Creuset dish.
I was unable to convince my little man to go to one more place… He wanted to go back home and play with his friends. Oh well, I can’t really say I blame him. Once again I remind myself to enjoy today for all it brought – tomorrow would bring more!
Once back home – I started my soup. This has to be one of my favourite home-made soup – a bowl full of vegetable goodness. Every bite tastes healthy. I prepared my vegetables – one by one; carrots, cabbage, celery, and the rest of my spinach from Collin’s Spinach farm. The perfect mix of spices and lots and lots of tomato juice to fill the pot. Simmer for a few hours – then enjoy.
Next I made a hearty Sheppard’s pie – I was able to sneak a few vegetables past my son this time around anyways … I started by sweating my onions in my pan and then added my ground beef which I purchased from Whole Circle Farm. My topping was constructed of potatoes, also purchased from Whole Circle Farm, sweet potatoes and carrots purchased from the Mosborough Market. I mashed all three together and only seasoned it with salt and pepper; no butter, no milk – just the pureness and freshness of these ingredients.
Dinner was a success! Everyone ate and now we have soup for most of this week ~ Perfect!