Yesterday was the Strawberry Opening of the Ryerson Farmers’ Market, complete with live music, a scarecrow, scads of strawberries, and of course, lots and lots of kale.
LOTS of kale.
I had to resist buying every variety knowing I’ll be gone this weekend, my fridge needn’t be so full!
…I think there were other vegetables there, too.
Though I only had $11 dollars on-hand, I still walked away with 2 big bunches of kale, 1 big bunch of rainbow chard that was brighter than most rainbows I’ve seen, a huge bunch of spinach with stems still attached, and 5 cucumbers in various hilarious shapes and sorts. From what I know, most of it was picked that morning, and it was ALL organic. All of it! Take that, fast-food “value” menus!
Seriously, I think I have a veggie boner just from talking about it.
But that wasn’t all I left with.
Though I was tempted by the Maple Butter (maple syrup heated at such a high temperature that it takes on the texture and mouth feel of butter), and the honey-spice drenched almonds (as above), it was the Arancini Truck at the end that caught my eye. Or my nose.
When my boyfriend came back from Italy, he spent hours telling me about the gelato and desserts, countless days talking about the pizza, but he’s still talking about the arancini.
Arancini is a Southern Italian treat, essentially a breaded and fried ball of rice with a generous helping of tomato sauce. It’s definitely not something I’d advocate eating every day. But when in Rome…. Though his mom had recreated an amazing rendition (where I first tried it), we hadn’t spotted it anywhere else around Toronto. Until this truck.
I popped my head in and told him that though I’d already spent all my money on veggies (like a good little kale addict), we’d tried and loved arancini and would love to come visit their regular location. Charlie, presumably the owner, simply went to the back, wrapped up two arancinis with an extra tub of sauce, told me to come visit Colombo’s at Danforth and Woodbine (and to watch for them on Dragon’s Den in the fall), and handed me the packages, with a kind smile.
RU Farmers’ Market, I’ll definitely be back. With more bags this time.