tonight's meal was made entirely from farmers market ingredients. simple, seasonal, scrumptious. inspired by the first "magic 8 ball" squash to appear at the market this year (the squash were $2/pound--i bought 3.5 pounds). what was inside? pasture-raised pork sausage ($7/pound), an organic heirloom tomato ($1), feta cheese made from the milk of pastured goats (we used half of a $6 brick) and 2 cloves of garlic (10 cents?). plus a bit of salt and pepper from the pantry.
sometimes it's hard to swallow the cost of pasture-raised, hormone-free meat & dairy. i often come home from the market with my head spinning over just how much money i've spent. when we use what we buy in this way, though--as an accompaniment instead of as a main attraction--the overall cost really comes down. i estimate that this batch of food comes in at around $3 a serving. not too ridiculous, especially for good, healthy food that hasn't traveled the globe. what do you think?
on an semi-related note, flowers have appeared on our many squash plants! it's taking all my willpower not to pick them for frying but to let them produce actual squash instead. patience can be difficult!