Some Friday food finds
Story and photos by Ken DeLaat
There is likely about one more week or so of strawberries and with my seasonal shortcake intake a bit shy of the desired level today (Friday) I scored a foursome of the beauties during a trip to the Kokx patch near the corner of Maple Island and 32nd street.
Having been lured into an obsession with their sweet corn and pulled into pumpkin dependency by their prodigious fall harvest, it seems only right that a personal favorite among fruits would be added to the Kokx repertoire.
This is my second go-round at the patch after securing an eight pack the previous week. LSC Lil makes a stunningly good shortcake that provides an agreeable and somewhat subtle contrast to the tartness of the fruit (we don’t add sugar). This delightful creation tends to soak up just the right amount of juice while remaining cake-like in texture.
Yes, I’m a bit of a fan.
And while setting ingredients on the counter before Lil gets home, may seem a bit desperate….
We only have one more week, right?
The Newaygo Farmers Market was visited as well and two additions not encountered in previous years caught our attention.
We met Julie Reyburn of Timbertown Coffee Co.
Yes we have our own maker of coffee. Ms. Reyburn and her assistants Camden and Ethan were setting up shop and plan on also being present at the Fremont market Saturdays.
Having just scored a couple of pounds of a much favored French Roast at Gala Gourmet we decided to explore this further at a later date particularly due to our intrigue about the origin of the beans and our avid interest in coffee, a drink that goes exceptionally well with strawberry shortcake.
Also on hand was Bruce Carpenter representing The Cheese People.
No, not little folks made out of cheddar though one of their knotlike cheese sticks kind of looked like a guy I knew in junior high.
These folks have some righteous looking cheeses with imaginative blends well worth exploring. I favored a basil infused monterey and have plans for the delicate looking wedge that will hopefully come to fruition tonight.
Because if all goes well this particular cheese selection is going to be a comfortable culinary companion to…
A little strawberry shortcake.