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#91 JoNorvelleWalker

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Posted 19 January 2014 - 08:01 PM

Green beans.

 

I had wanted black beans.  How can a store be out of black beans?  When I got home from the store I thought "This gives me a perfect opportunity to order from Rancho Gordo!"  All the beans I'd been waiting to order from Rancho Gordo are sold out.



#92 Katie Meadow

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 09:27 AM

Green beans.

 

I had wanted black beans.  How can a store be out of black beans?  When I got home from the store I thought "This gives me a perfect opportunity to order from Rancho Gordo!"  All the beans I'd been waiting to order from Rancho Gordo are sold out.

Yes, I know the frustration. Getting unique types of beans as fresh as Rancho Gordo's means limited supply; my daughter gave me some of their Yellow Indian beans for xmas, and I was hooked, but they are sold out. For certain beans they don't carry, or when they are out of my favorites, I order from Purcell Mountain Farms. The selection is huge, and they offer a number of organics as well. They have terrific rattlesnake beans (just about impossible to find anywhere else) and the best dark red kidney beans I ever tasted.


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#93 andiesenji

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Posted 20 January 2014 - 02:45 PM

The local Mexican supermarket (Vallarta) has begun stocking bulk black beans and yellow "Peru" beans in addition to the pinto and pink beans that have been offered in the past. 

It is interesting that the black beans are not all the same size.  Some are as large as a kidney bean and some as small as a Navy bean.  They seem to be very fresh and cook up rapidly and produce a very rich, purple "liquor" in the pot. 

 

Sometimes you can find ethnic markets by doing a Google search of your area - if you don't live in the "usual" places for such.  One friend was surprised to find a Mexican market not far from her home in Des Moines, Iowa.  She had no idea it existed and for the past couple of years it has become one of her regular shopping jaunts.  She says she finds something "new and interesting" at every visit.


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#94 huiray

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 08:04 AM

JoNorvelleWalker, I am guessing that you mean black turtle beans (black variety of Phaseolus vulgaris) and not Chinese "black beans" a.k.a. dau si (豆豉) nor Indian black gram (Vigna mungo)?



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Posted 21 January 2014 - 01:37 PM

Yes, turtle beans...which I call black beans even though I do have a degree in biology.  I particularly wish I had some now as I am snowed in and would love a big pot of black beans.  However I do have a couple pounds of green beans that need eating up.



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Posted 01 February 2014 - 10:38 AM

Saturday 2014-0201

 

Indy Winter Farmers' Market:

Farming for Life: Red, yellow, deep orange carrots (stocking up);

Eden Farms: hydroponic Tuscan kale;

Rolling in the Dough: fresh fettucine & a blueberry scone;

Shamrock Farm: Fresh shiitake mushrooms;

Sapori Italia: Toscana cheese & Rustica alle Noci cheese.

 

Goose the Market:

Dodge City salame; Bohemian Blue cheese; Polkton Corners cheese.

 

Asia Mart:

Kong Yen rice vinegar, Xuefeng Ti Kuan Yin (雪峰鐵觀音) tea, teeny dried Chinese far-koo type mushrooms, Japanese cucumbers, Chinese long beans (Vigna unguiculata subsp. sesquipedalis), daikon (@49¢/lb), limes, lemons, fresh lotus roots, Napa cabbage (@49¢/lb), green onions (@$1/3 bunches), Taiwan AA Choy, pork bones, stewing chicken, half a Chinese roast duck.


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 06:13 PM

Asia Mart:

 

Canola oil; Yu Choy Sum; rice vinegar [Kong Yen]; Shangxi Superior Mature Vinegar [Donghu], Hokkaido Kelp Flavor Soy Sauce [Wei Chuan]; West Lake Dragon Well Tea [Asian Taste]; fresh thin wonton noodles; scallions; daikon; Chinese okra (Luffa acutangula); Japanese cucumbers (lots!); bitter melon; chayote; hon-shimeji; thin wonton wrappers (HK style); fresh Chinese crullers (yow char kwai); fried tofu puffs [Phoenix]; fresh duck wings; pork hock slices; fresh beef shin; fresh ground pork (right off the grinder, I watched what went into it); frozen stewing chicken; Chinese roast pork; frozen "fresh"shaved coconut.

 

 

Sakura Mart:

 

Higeta Honzen Soy Sauce; Otafuku okonomiyaki sauce; Kewpie mayonnaise; Wasabi Fumi Furikake; Hondashi Bonito soup stock granules; aburaage; Kameya izu-oroshi wasabi paste; Shin-Shu aka miso.



#98 huiray

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Posted 16 March 2014 - 02:44 PM

Time to kick this thread up a bit.  (Isn't anyone else getting some nice or interesting things?)

 

Yesterday:

 

Indy Winter Farmers' Market:

• Several pounds of red, yellow, orange carrots.

• Reasonable quasi-"winter-type" fresh spinach (two different vendors).

• Fresh shiitake mushrooms.

• A dozen farm eggs.

• A couple of "chicken frames" (grass-fed chickens), lots of meat still left on, for stock/soup.

 

Amelia's Bakery:

• Half a loaf of semolina bread.

 

Claus' German Sausage & Meats:

• Zungenwurst.

• Westphalian ham.

• Coarse Braunschweiger.

 

"Winter spinach" - I love the spinach grown in winter when the plants get somewhat "stunted"/squat, with thick reddish short stems and thick smaller leaves.  What I regard as "real" winter spinach are much sweeter and more tasty with great texture compared with "summer spinach".  Only available (in my area, anyway) from farmers/growers who specifically plant spinach to grow over Dec-Jan-Feb in hoop houses or equivalent, and usually available sporadically at the winter farmers' markets.  The ones I picked up yesterday were at $10-12/lb, which is typical.  The spring/summer varieties are much cheaper, of course.  When "true winter spinach" (in my books) is available I splurge and get a BIG bag of it, then simply blanch it in oiled hot water, drain, dress w/ a little oyster sauce or ponzu sauce plus white pepper, and stuff my face with it. :-) 



#99 SobaAddict70

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 08:05 AM

From USGM:

paneer from Tonjes Farm Dairy
sweet Italian sausage from Flying Pigs Farm
heirloom carrots from Gorzynski Ornery Farm
heirloom potatoes and shallots from Paffenroth Gardens
baby mesclun from Windfall Farm
salad greens from Monkshood Nursery
squid from Blue Moon Fish
cremini mushrooms from John D. Madura Farm
a sourdough baguette from Our Daily Bread
honey from Tremblay Apiaries
a curried vegetable turnover from Body & Soul Vegan Bakery

pretty sure I'm missing one or two things

anyway...

from the corner store: milk, frozen spinach, escarole.

 

ETA:  the paneer, some of the salad greens/mesclun and spinach were in Saturday's dinner, although I still have some leftover paneer that will be in an app later this week.  the squid and some of the potatoes were in last night's dinner.  I'll be using the salad greens all week long. 


Edited by SobaAddict70, 17 March 2014 - 08:10 AM.


#100 huiray

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Posted 22 March 2014 - 10:11 AM

Nice, SobaAddict.

 

Will you be updating your USGM thread on the NY board as well?



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 10:56 AM

Today:

 

Indy Winter Farmers' Market & City Market:

Teeny carrots (first of the year), baby spinach (red-stemmed & normal); 'Toscana' cheese; Spanokopita.

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Goose the Market:

Local shrimp (Pacific white shrimp; from a shrimp farm in Crawfordsville); Taleggio cheese (Ciresa), Salemville Blue cheese, Jamon Serrano (two think-ish slices; as substitutes for Jinhua ham for some soups to be made later), a nice baguette.

 

From a local grocery:

Fresh limeade, collard greens, green cabbage.

 

 

 

From 2 days ago:

 

Asia Mart:

Instant Noodle King (Thin) Wonton Soup Flavored (1 case) [Sau Tao], Instant Noodle King (Thin) Lobster Soup Flavored (1 case) [Sau Tao]; rice flour, glutinous rice flour, wonton wrapper (thin) Shanghai-style, fish meat emulsion (paste) [Venus], vegetarian spring rolls, a bottle/jar of baechu kimchi, soft tofu & firm tofu [Hinoichi], yellow tofu [Phoenix], Ti Guan Yin oolong tea, red Szechuan peppercorns, green Szechuan peppercorns, raw peanuts; daikon, burdock root, green onion/scallion (6 bunches), coriander leaves (3 bunches), Japanese cucumbers, jicama, fresh Chinese far koo mushrooms, Chinese yellow chives, water spinach (ong choy), lotus roots, Yu Choy Sum, Chinese celery, (all vegetables fresh); frozen (and thawed) shrimp; pork belly slices, whole beef shins, ground pork, big mouth bass (fished from the tank and bopped on the head and gutted there); jozo mirin [Morita], Thai Hom Mali rice [Golden Elephant].



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Posted 22 March 2014 - 05:10 PM

From USGM:

salad greens from Monkshood Nursery
little neck clams from Blue Moon Fish
a sourdough baguette from Our Daily Bread
eggs from Quattro's Game Farm
Jerusalem artichokes from Paffenroth Gardens
French breakfast radishes (I don't remember which vendor)

then:

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samphire, oyster mushrooms, wild cod, pea and ricotta ravioli, chopped pork, chopped grass-fed beef from Eataly, for a little over $50.
 
and:
 
San Marzano tomatoes and wine from Fairway.

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 08:21 AM

Saturday, from USGM -- mussels, cod, shallots, salsify, mint, milk, baby spinach, pea shoots, potatoes

Yesterday, from the corner store -- Haagen-Dasz strawberry ice cream

Today, probably from Fairway -- crushed San Marzano tomatoes and some lemons. Maybe Meyer lemons are still available, in which case I'll be making preserved Meyer lemons.

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Posted 05 April 2014 - 11:29 AM

from USGM: French breakfast radishes, spinach, squid, scallops, baby lettuce, sweet cherry cake.

from Eataly: sable, kumquats, herbs, ramps, lentils, cheese, wild mushrooms, pancetta.

from a deli on the way home: a stuffed pepper, mixed greens.

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 11:48 AM

from USGM: today: RAMPS!!!, clams, herbs, eggs, duck gizzard confit, shallots, apples, baby mesclun, sorrel

from Eataly: wild striped bass, morel mushrooms, fresh pasta, dried chickpeas, grated Parm-Reg cheese, herbs, baby leeks

from my corner store: milk, sugar, unsalted butter, garlic

#106 huiray

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Posted 19 April 2014 - 03:25 PM

Ooh, morels.  I didn't go to the Farmers' Market today, but I'll be looking out for them.

 

Some stuff from the last couple days or so:

 

The Fresh Market: 

Gorgonzola dolce, raw shelled walnuts, heavy cream, spaghetti & capellini, wild American shrimp, free-range brown eggs.

 

Asia Mart: 

Fresh vegetables: kai choy, enoki mushrooms, bunapi shimeji mushrooms, scallions (6 bunches), Thai basil, Japanese cucumbers, Napa cabbage, Taiwan A-choy, lotus root, mou kwa (hairy gourd), bittergourd, winter bamboo shoots.

Other stuff:  A stewing hen (frozen), Yakisoba, packaged "fresh" slender bamboo shoots, fried tofu puffs, soft tofu, firm tofu, chả giò tôm cua, 'Little Cook' TVP pork w/ mustard stem flavor instant noodles-in-a-bowl, 'Little Cook' Mushroom Vegetarian instant noodles-in-a-bowl.

 

The local "corner store":

"Fresh" limeade, chicken quarters, carrots, cleaning supplies.

 

I'm probably missing a few things.