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It's all Red!

Well, not exactly ALL, but for the farmers market at Semora on Friday, I worked with locally grown beets, radishes and strawberries. My daughter, Sarah, has gone to farmers market demos with me and we have developed an unspoken cadence.

I think that's one of the joys of cooking, that is, cooking with others that enjoy cooking. Sarah has always been a kitchen kid, offering to help Mommy as a small child and then participating with the other family cooks in creating memorable family celebrations.

At Semora, the Caswell County Local Foods Council started this farmers market to give county residents in NE Caswell County, NW Person County (both in NC) and SW Halifax County, VA, an option to buy from local food producers. All of the vendors come from a radius of less than 50 miles and sell their fresh, in-season produce. For an area where food is mostly canned, frozen or baked and packaged, this wonderful little oasis offers a win-win for local farmer producers and residents.

They decided to make the market an Saturday afternoon one (4 PM to 7 PM) so that vendors that go to the larger markets of Durham, Roxboro, Danville, and South Boston, can also attend the Semora market. I try to get there every week to buy and also to see friends. A lot of those who created and support this farmers market are former students, former colleagues, and former students' parents. Everybody knows everybody, and if they don't, they welcome you anyway. That's just the kind of market they have in Semora.

For this particular day, I prepared Beets with Lemon and Almonds, Sauteed Radishes with Mint and Green Onions, Mini Strawberry Shortcakes with Mint. I will post the recipes in that section of the website.

I hope you'll plan to attend the next market day: May 21st from 4-7. See you there!

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