Monday, April 23, 2012

Freezing Farmers' Market Finds

It's back....the local farmers' market 2012 growing and selling season has arrived in Madison!  Looking ahead to this market season, I have turned to my ultra Type A habits.  Can you say spreadsheet?  Yes, I've used Google Docs to create an inventory of what I have set aside.  My hope is that it will make using our frozen stash more efficient next winter.  Here is a glimpse of my form:

Further proof that the author is off the charts Type-A

For those outside of the Madison area, we had an abnormally warm March.  As a result the growing season arrived early.  Apparently the asparagus is nearing the end of the growing season even though the market just opened.  So, when I saw vendors with it on display I bought 4 pounds worth.  I also opted to stock up on spinach.  Both are easy to steam and freeze.

Author's photo: bounty from 1st market of the season

Author's image: steaming the spinach

This past winter I used frozen asparagus, but found it hard to work with because it was not blended.  This weekend I steam the stem, and then pureed them in my food processor.  I added a drizzle of olive oil and some of the water left from steaming.  I can already smell the steak and cream of asparagus dinners I'll make next New Years Eve.  Note: if you follow my suit, mark the freezer bags; once the snow flies it can be hard to distinguish between pureed asparagus and pureed broccoli.

Author's image: pureed asparagus


  1. Here's how I keep track of my freezer inventory now:

    And I'm definitely making that Cream of Asparagus. I can practically taste its deliciousness already.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to post. I'll likely be using this at some point. Any flat surface attracts clutter, and this is a great way to cut down on that phenomenon as well as keep my freezer organized!