Last week, I let you all in on my plan to increasingly buy more healthy foods from our local farmers market, and I did make good on my promise when I went back to the market this past weekend. My awesome friend and farmer Deb from Merciful Hearts Farm had emailed me and chatted with me all week about a recipe to help introduce me to cabbage. I was so nervous and let her know right off the bat that cabbage scared me….and then she said “how do you feel about beets?”……and I literally made a face as I read the word “beets” because oh my dear beets are scary!

Somehow Deb, with all her wit and charm, had me walking away from the market with a head of cabbage and the most beautiful beets you have ever seen. I was armed with recipes and instructions on how to cook everything {how awesome is that?!}. Overall, the fresh roasted beets were not bad……they were actually sweet and tasted nothing like I had imagined they would… but I think I enjoyed photographing them more than I really enjoyed eating them……and cabbage just may be on my “can’t do” list still.

I am confident however that with the help of my friends and so many delicious fruits and veggies available at the market that I will definitely continue to be adventurous and try new things…I ate {and photographed} everything you see in these pictures….AND… was not half bad! {Also, I may have just created a new paint color frenzy for myself due to all of the amazing colors in these fruits and veggies!}



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  1. Beautifully photographed! I’m with you, these colors are amazing…the orange and aqua?? Love…(seriously, I have a fool-proof cabbage recipe (ingredients: cabbage. The End. NO boiling) if you want to take the leap, lemme know!

    • Barb Blair

      Thank you, lady! I love the orange and aqua…and then the purples, oranges and greens of the beets just slay me! :} I am all ears if you want to share your cabbage recipe with me :} xo

  2. Cary

    There is a really yummy recipe in “Feeding the Whole Family” by Cynthia Lair for beet salad. I never really liked beets until I started eating this. It uses the whole beet… greens too, which is great for beets from the farmer’s market. it also has feta cheese (which i can get from our famer’s market) which makes it really yummy:)

    • Barb Blair

      cary, thank you so much for the tip! I will definitely look it up…..I really did not mind the taste of the beets at all…and then adding feta sounds awesome!! I can get feta at my market too….and I did bring home the goat cheese too :} That post is for another day! :} yum!

  3. EW beets lol! My favorites are squash & zucchini fo’ sho! With some onion too! They’re so good on shishkabobs too! Last night we did S&Z but we bought these amazing little purple potatoes at the store……ohemgee….seriously, I’ve never had potatoes so good! We grilled them with a little spritz of lemonseed & grape oil + Jane’s Krazy Mixed Up Salt (my all time favorite – you’d love it too and I think the name is totally fitting for us!) I’m picky with veggies too! I still think nothing ‘beets’ (lolz) a good salad loaded with fresh veggies and a tangy vinegarette!

    • Barb Blair

      Lindsey, Hahahaha!!!! I love it! ….and I LOVE squash and zucchini! I need to get my hands on some of that salt! I also am in total agreeance about the beauty of a great salad and vinegarette dressing! xo

  4. YUM! Fresh veggies and fruits (and cheese!)…what’s not to love? Farmer’s market vendors are all too willing to share tips about their produce. 😀 My suggestion, don’t give-up on the first recipe and keep an open mind! Sooner or later you’ll find a family favorite!

    • Barb Blair

      Sheepy Hollow, Yum is right! I really am enjoying being introduced to all of the delicious fresh produce….and one of my favorite things is talking to the farmers about their produce. I left with my recipes and goods in hand feeling like a million bucks! {you can’t get that at a grocery store!} I most certainly will not give up on the recipe…..and promise to keep an open mind!

  5. Hi Barb, I just stumbled onto your blog via BYW. I wanted to comment on this post because I thought the photos were so lovely and to say I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures of trying new veggies BUT then I got to clicking around on your site and found your furniture!! I am seriously over the moon, a girl after my own heart, what gorgeous work you do! Too much gushing? Sorry! Just excited to have found another creative kindred spirit. Hope to see you around class!

    • Barb Blair

      Hey Kaytie! So nice to “meet” you! I have been away on vacation for the past few days so I have a lot of catching up to do on my BYW class!! Can’t wait to hang out with you all more and learn, learn, learn!! Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my photos! I love to photograph and am trying to learn all i can about taking photos :} ….and you are so sweet to love my furniture pieces…..I am super passionate about what I do with furniture and am so thankful it is my “job”!! I am headed your way now! xo

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