Foodbuzz 24 24 24: Operation Public Market

Imagine... hundreds of local farmers and vendors, all showing up no matter what time of year it is, no matter what the weather, to this open air place:


Rochester NY's 103 year old Public Market is thriving like crazy in these tough economic times. Found in the heart of the city, thousands show up every week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday looking to find the best, freshest, local veggies, among other not so local fair (mango anyone?). Vendors' offerings range from fresh fruits and veggies, meats, cheese, bread, honey, clothing and other household goods... and the occasional live chicken (it's legal to raise chickens for eggs in your backyard in the city! No roosters allowed though):


I'm thankful for being picked again to participate in this months 24 24 24 by Foodbuzz. I proposed a task in cooking for a group with only $20 to spend at the local public market... Each person's task was easy... or maybe not so easy for some. Roam the market, $20 in hand, and buy up ingredients to make a delicious meal to feed 8 adults and 1 kid later in the day. Each person came up with creative ways of spending their money and brought amazing dishes to the party last night. (no one bought a live chicken though... I totally should have!)

Let me tell you a little more about the market... It is not for the claustrophobic, you tend to feel like cattle being herded through the lines of tightly packed vendors... it's rather easy to loose your friends, I've definitely lost John more than once there (thankfully he's tall and easy to locate!) I mean just look at all those people!


And that's just one aisle of the market!! This place is huge. And let me tell you, it will try your patience... after almost two hours of being trapped behind slow moving people and numerous sets of parents attempting to fit a double wide stroller full of kids and veggies down a crammed isle... you may end up looking like this:


Yeah I was reaching my point of wanting some people free time here... Thanks for making sure to capture the Kodak moment John! :D But the payoff of fresh local veggies...


totally makes it worth it!

To give you an idea of what I bought... I got this huge thing of tomatoes, eggplants, yellow and green squash for a total of $5. Impressive huh!


I also picked up dessert for us, a large marble angel food cake $1.50. A mini chocolate cake $2. And some cannoli for $1.25 each. Delicious!


Once everyone got home from the market the cooking began! Not everyone has sent me their recipes yet, so I'm going to do posts all week about the specific recipes everyone made as they send them to me! Then I'll link them back to this post so everyone can see all the recipes! So check back for an update link at the end of this each day this week!

For now though here's a little taste of what we had. Starting with an appetizer I made, simple and seriously delicious!

I bought some chicken andouille sausage from a butcher for $3 a pound. Pairing this with some extra sharp cheddar ($2 for 1/2 lb) from an Amish run stand and a loaf of honey wheat bread ($3) from a local baker... made for an irresistible appetizer!


Andouille & Cheddar Slider
1 lb chicken andouille sausage (or other VERY spicy sausage)
1/2 lb extra sharp aged cheddar cheese
1/2 loaf honey wheat bread

Cook the sausage on the stove or a grill until an internal temperature of 160 is reached. Slice into bite size pieces. Slice bread into small chunks, top with cheese and sausage. CHOW!

Totally easy and amazingly flavorful!

We had an amazing time and THANK YOU FOODBUZZ for making it possible! A glass of wine to you in thanks!


Check back for the recipe links to all these great dishes... which one looks the best to you??

22 chews:

Aggie said...

Great post! Love the idea and all the food looks great!

ChineseKite said...

Everything looks wonderful! The post, the public market, the dishes! Yes, yes, we love the public market, unfortunately, it is a bit far from us. Now there is an extra bonus to go there, a sliiiim chance to meet famous Steph Chews!

Katie said...

Oh, if I could only be there to sink my teeth into one of those luscious tomatoes.

The dishes look excellent! Can't wait to see the recipes! Great post!

lynchdom said...

good thing you got Huckleberry's picture before his glass shattered all over the deck..

and are those button earrings?!?!

stephchows said...

Thanks everyone! We had an amazing time for sure! It's true one wine glass took a digger (darn wind- and not your fault matt lol) but other than that no other tragedies :) And yes Lynch those ARE button earrings!! Why you gotta hate on my home made earrings :D

Congrats on being part of this months 24, Steph! What a great idea to do a farmer's market dinner. All the dishes look spectacular and I'll be looking forward to the recipes.

Love the looks of the market too, despite the crowds. I think I was wearing that face yesterday while trying to navigate my way up Broadway! LOL

the farmers market dinner was such a good idea!! I know what you mean about the crowds though :) I can be the same way.

ALL of those pictures look SO good, hope you're gonna share the recipes so I can drool over some more pictures!!

Congrats on your 24 post! That egg squash tart looks so delicious, and the andouille cheddar 'sliders' are super cute apps. It's great to walk around a market like that knowing you can create a fresh, inexpensive meal.

Oh what fun, I wish there was a market like this closer to my home!

Sara said...

This looks like so much fun! Those tomatoes look amazing, we've still got a couple months to go until we get some good ones in the markets.

Reeni♥ said...

What a great idea! The market looks fantastic! I can't wait to hear more about the recipes. Your appetizer looks real yummy!

NQN said...

Everything looks so marvellous and fresh and it's a great idea although I don't know how far $20 would go here. And those prices, what a steal! :D

MaryBe said...

Those sliders look great!

Ricardo said...

All them dishes look perfect ...well do yall. :) xxx
Rico-Recipes

Love the idea! Wish our market was as awesome as yours!

sillypanda said...

Hi! Haha figures the post I comment on is like three pages back. But I *love* the farmer's market, so how could I not comment here?

I was wondering if anyone who saw the article in the Insider would stop by and comment. So far, you're the first one! I did get some Rochester twitter followers, but they never said how they found me.

Your cooking looks awesome. One of the things I want to try doing while I have all this alone time is cook! I am so bad at it right now. I just don't know what to make ever! I have like three things that I make over and over and over. It's sad, really.

And as far as being separated at birth, it looks like we are both with guys named John! Weird! Ok, well make sure you keep in touch. Do you work downtown? We should meet up for lunch some time!

sillypanda said...

Hi! Haha figures the post I comment on is like three pages back. But I *love* the farmer's market, so how could I not comment here?

I was wondering if anyone who saw the article in the Insider would stop by and comment. So far, you're the first one! I did get some Rochester twitter followers, but they never said how they found me.

Your cooking looks awesome. One of the things I want to try doing while I have all this alone time is cook! I am so bad at it right now. I just don't know what to make ever! I have like three things that I make over and over and over. It's sad, really.

And as far as being separated at birth, it looks like we are both with guys named John! Weird! Ok, well make sure you keep in touch. Do you work downtown? We should meet up for lunch some time!

Love the idea! Wish our market was as awesome as yours!

Ricardo said...

All them dishes look perfect ...well do yall. :) xxx
Rico-Recipes

Reeni♥ said...

What a great idea! The market looks fantastic! I can't wait to hear more about the recipes. Your appetizer looks real yummy!

Oh what fun, I wish there was a market like this closer to my home!

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