Blog Event: Market Week

by Valerie on July 16, 2009 · 6 comments

Yesterday, I discovered the coolest blog event:

I read about it on Adventures in Shaw, but it is actually sponsored by Eat Make Read. Here is how it works:

Buy your groceries Make a list and visit your local farmers market to buy your groceries for the week.

Photograph your goods and upload to our flickr group:
Whether it’s at the market or in your kitchen, photograph what you’ve purchased and upload the photos to out market week flickr group right here. I can’t wait to see what’s in season around the country.

Make delicious meals and upload to our flickr group:
Now here’s the fun part. Create a week’s worth of meals and upload your photos to the flickr group.

Kelly of Eat Make Read says you can participate for just one day, which is great because I found out about this yesterday evening, at which point husband and I had already eaten a large chunk of our purchases from Sunday’s farmers market. We’d eaten all the berries and also some of the more perishable items. Fortunately, though, there were still several items left in the fridge, which were going to be part of last night’s dinner.

So here is a photo of what I used to make dinner last night:

Veggies for Market Week

You can see green beans, arugula, parsley, and yukon gold potatoes.

And here is a photo of dinner – steamed potatoes with arugula-parsley pesto and steamed green beans – in case you are wondering, the sweet potato had been cooked on Monday night, which is why it doesn’t appear in the photo above:

Steamed Potatoes with Pesto and Steamed Green Beans

Oh, and the reason that everything has bits of sweet potato on it is that I was a bad food blogger and ate dinner without photographing the meal, and then packed up the leftover green beans and potatoes in the same container to bring to lunch today. Then I remembered I needed a picture, so I unpacked it, put it on a plate, and photographed it. And tried to remove most of the sweet potato bits, but eventually gave up and photographed the food. And repacked it. The things I do for blog events … but it was well worth it, as this type of event represents everything I believe in food-wise. Like the ladies of
Adventures in Shaw and Eat Make Read I get the majority of my groceries at farmers’ markets and believe in eating local.

I didn’t actually use a recipe for the pesto – ever since I had to switch to a no-dairy diet, I have been improvising various no-cheese pestos. This one had 1/3 cup of raw almonds, 1 cup parsley, 1 cup arugula, 1/4 cup olive oil and some sea salt. I threw everything in the food processor while the potatoes and green beans were steaming.

I hope Eat Make Read sponsors this event again next year – I would love to do a week-long series, and this time of year is so perfect to shop at the market. There is such variety and color. Oh, and in case you are wondering, tonight’s dinner will involve grilled zucchini from the market.

Thank you Eat Make Read for sponsoring such a great event!

Banner from
Eat Make Read. Pictures by moi.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 bess July 16, 2009 at 5:15 pm

did you just find out you are celiac's? we've been for quite some time, but it's still an adventure.



2 City Girl July 16, 2009 at 5:21 pm

Bess – thanks for stopping by. No, I am not celiac, though I am currently on a no-wheat diet. I will leave a comment at your blog with a link :)


3 Carolyn July 16, 2009 at 5:35 pm

Yummmy looks delicious AND uber healthy! You'd be appalled if you saw what's been on my dinner plate lately…


4 Kiki July 16, 2009 at 8:30 pm

The pesto recipe sounds great – how do you find the nuts are working in place of cheese?


5 Rosa's Yummy Yums July 17, 2009 at 6:03 am

A great meal! Healthy and delicious!

Cheers and have a great weekend,



6 DC Newbie July 18, 2009 at 12:34 pm

So glad you were able to participate in this event! And I may have to try this pesto recipe (even though I adore cheese)!


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