Farmer’s Market Find: Stevia!

I cooked a lot last week, almost every single day!  (I usually cook every two days). This week, I have a super tight schedule and I don’t want to think about making meals like I did last week (Saag Paneer, Roti, Chicken Curry, Baked Stuffed Tomatoes, French Toast, Pizza, Salads, Lentils). We have a ton of leftovers too. So I kept it light at the FM today and really restrained myself from going “gaga” over all the fresh, colorful summer  produce. It was truly melon madness at the market- at least 10 different types were spotted. The most surprising and unique find was Stevia! Stevia is a native South American plant grown in desert like conditions. The sweet plant does not thrive in moisture and is 30-45 times sweeter than table sugar and has been touted as safe for those who want a healthy alternative. I am going to experiment this week to see how I can use the leaves, as it’s typically found in powder and liquid form at stores. It can’t get more natural than having Stevia leaves! I don’t normally add sugar to anything I make, except in the occasional homemade lattes and chai. If you have tips, suggestions, or opinions on Stevia let me know!

Stevia! - $2 Hollie’s Homegrown

Look at the beautiful colors! - Happy Boy Farms

Piel de Sapo, super sweet! -$3 Happy Boy Farms

No fog today!!! It was a good day for a picnic, but it was still chilly in the Marina.

Padron Peppers, I used these last week in Saag Paneer and Chicken Curry -$4 Happy Boy Farms

Eat Safe!

Farmer’s Market Finds:
-Heirloom Tomatoes, mixed salad greens with edible flowers, Padron Peppers, Butterball Potatoes- $11.50 Happy Boy Farms
-Stevia Leaf Stem and marigold- $2.50 Hollie’s Homegrown
-Squash blossoms- $2 Serendipity Farms
Total: $16

*I will make one grocery run this week to pick up organic chicken breasts typically costing me $8

Farmer’s Market Find

Typical Summer's day in San Francisco

Fruit for the week, Ken's Top Notch Produce

Spinach salads and cooked spinach this week. Happy Boy Farms

Maybe I will make a lentil stew with these babies. Happy Boy Farms

Getting inspired to make something fun for the Spain vs. Holland gathering.

A new welcomed vendor, Hollie's Homegrown, selling herbs and edible flowers from her garden.

Makes you forget about the cold, gray day!

Market fresh tomato and basil salad for the World Cup Finale party. 1. one pint of cherry tomatoes halved2. handful of basil roughly chopped3. 1 tablespoon EVOO drizzled over tomatoes and basil4. Sprinkle salt and pepper to desired taste and toss well

Not pictured:
Heirloom Sundried Tomatoes- Serendipity Farms
Dried Greek Basil- Hollie’s Homegrown

Total spent:$25.70
I bought a lot less this week, since I still have plenty left over from last week.