I'm an obsessive magazine reader. In fact, my constant jones for magazines is almost as bad as my lifelong addiction to cookbooks. At any given time you can find at least a dozen magazines, just within reaching distance, piled high on my night table. One of my favorites is Los Angeles Magazine and when their Farmer's Market edition arrived in the mail this month, I was like a baby being given a huge piece of candy.
One of the best articles in the issue was an apples to apples comparison (no pun intended) of shopping at an everyday chain grocer, an upscale chain grocer and a farmers' market for the same amount of vegetables for a roast vegetable dish. The goal of the experiment was to see not only which vegetables cost the least, but also tasted the best.
It probably comes as no surprise to you that I wouldn't have written this post unless the farmers' market was the hands down winner! It won handily, for both cost and flavor! That made me especially happy since I frequently confront the misperception that farmers' markets are more expensive than super markets.
At this time of year when you can easily find things like potatoes, broccoli and cheese to make this delicious side dish, I hope you can find them where you're able to get the freshest produce possible!