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Some people can grow big, beautiful gardens with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and peppers of all kinds. Then, there's me. Thankfully, there are local growers who sell their produce at the Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market.
Some people can grow big, beautiful gardens with tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots and peppers of all kinds. Then, there’s me.
I am a plant killer.
Not by choice, mind you. I have never been able to figure out the proper amount of anything it takes to care for plants. I’ve had books that tell how to care for each specific plant, what zones to grow them in, how to prevent pests and more. Those were wonderful books and I spent a lot of money on them. A few years ago I donated them to Goodwill and said goodbye to my fantasy of being a master gardener.
Thankfully, there are local growers who sell their produce at the Mount Pleasant Farmer’s Market.
How great is that? I can have a kitchen full of locally grown produce and my only effort is to drive to Island Park in downtown Mount Pleasant and peruse table after table of fresh produce. The Farmer’s Market happens every Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through October 29 at Island Park’s South Shelter downtown.
With so many fantastic fruits and vegetable varieties one can be sure to find almost anything they’re looking for. I purchased pears, peaches and berries. Then I moved on to peppers, onions, garlic, corn and tomatoes. I even picked up some local honey. If you’re looking for it, you can probably find it grown locally.
After making my purchases I went home to see what I could concoct. I was pleasantly surprised to find a recipe for peach pear salsa that includes many of the fruits and vegetables I purchased. It’s a great topping for meats from the grill. Since summer is fading fast, try this one soon.
Also, this is super easy to make and will impress your friends with its sophistication.
Peach Pear Salsa
1 T olive oil
1/2 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 peaches – pitted and diced
1 pear – peeled, cored, and diced
1/4 cup honey
1 t curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium-low heat; cook the onion and garlic in the hot oil until translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir the peaches, pear, and honey into the onion and garlic mixture; allow to cook together for 2 minutes. Season with the curry powder, salt, and pepper. Continue cooking at a simmer until hot, 5 to 6 minutes.
Recipe courtesy of All Recipes
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