The beauty of living relatively close to a large city is that I live in a farming community that raises a lot of local produce for all those high-end restaurants in one of the most well-known food meccas of the world. Thank you New Orleans! When I visit my extremely small farmer’s market, I could literally purchase almost all I need to sustain me for a week. There is always a great variety. The farmer’s are pretty reliable in the produce. From cream-on-the-top milk, cheese, and yogurt, to tomatoes, eggplants, greens (turnip, mustard, collard), peppers, year-round plants to start in your garden, eggs, shrimp, beef, chicken, cheeses, soaps, jellies and jams….
There’s also locally grown and produced wines, ready-to-eat foods, delicious cookies, pies and breads, even a line of gluten-free breads and desserts. Coffee and tea blends to wake you up in the morning, and beautiful amber honey to sweeten it with.
When we visited today, I was surprised that so much remained on the tables. After all the rain that Isaac dumped on us a month ago (up to 20 inches around here), many gardens were damaged. But, those with greenhouses prevailed, and replanting will soon yield more and more fall produce.
One of the items I found were these beautiful small bok choys. The farmer who raises these is quite young, but has been at it for a few years.
To quickly braise these, I decided to keep it simple. A little olive oil, soy sauce, and garlic with a touch of sesame oil and sesames. These bok choys were just large enough to need chopping, mainly for easy eating.
And, an interesting bit about bok choy: http://bodyodd.nbcnews.com/_news/2010/05/19/4380005-back-away-from-the-bok-choy-maam?lite