Saturday mornings in NW Arkansas mean a trip to the local farmers' market. Bentonville has a wonderful market down on the square. It's more than just people shopping for produce, it's a community get-together that takes place each Saturday. Folks visit with neighbors, admire each others' dogs, and watch the youthful energy exhibited by children as they play, eat ice cream... and also admire the dogs in the crowd. The quality and variety of locally grown produce (meat and honey, too) is amazing! Last week I even spotted gluten-free baked goods at one stand; so there's something of interest to everyone. Saturday-before-last I bought rhubarb to make a pie and some tomatoes that were almost a purple color. When I asked about their unusual color, the seller informed us that they are Cherokee tomatoes. They have a little bit of a tangier taste, but were great on hamburgers! This week's purchases included tomatoes and the best green beans I've ever eaten. I steamed those beans and then sauteed them with a little bit of bacon grease. I saw a new type of corn that I wasn't familiar with, it's called Peaches and Cream corn...maybe next Saturday!
Here's a way to use up leftover ears of cooked corn. We just love fried corn around here!
Sheila's Fried Corn
Using a large cast iron or non-stick skillet, melt butter (I use a heaping TBSP of Heart Smart). Once skillet is hot enough to sizzle, cut cold corn off the cobs into skillet. Make sure you scrape the milk from the cobs! Salt and pepper to taste. Fry until corn is hot through. If you like Mexican corn, chop up some fresh garden peppers in there, too! Enjoy!
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