Updated March 2012.
Here in northwest Rhode Island, I buy eggs at a farm stand just up the road, and tomatoes (for slow-roasted tomatoes) and garlic at a farm stand a bit farther along.
For basic pantry items, however, I drive five miles to Dino's Park & Shop, a small independent supermarket that is the only food market in our town (population 10,000).
Dino's doesn't have much in the way of Asian condiments or frozen shrimp or the oat-bran pita I use for pizza bases, but in the past year it's really been expanding, adding some organic produce and other items I like to keep in the pantry. They have Greek yogurt and Nutella® and tomato paste in a tube, and wonton wrappers and whole wheat pasta and bread flour, and spices and canned tomatoes and onions.
And at this time of year, I can buy herb and vegetable plants there, too.
Where do you stock your pantry?
Show us, in MARKET TO PANTRY, our new Saturday feature (alternating with Other People's Pantries), starting on July 10.
Whether supermarket, farmer's market, ethnic market, hyper-market, fish market, cheese market, or the mini mart on the corner across from your apartment building, we want to see where you find ingredients to fill your perfect pantry.
Have you stopped at the perfect roadside stand for organic garlic, or at the bean farmer's tents in New Mexico? Do you stock up at a pasta shop in Rome, or a spice market in New York City? Have you brought chile peppers home from Mexico or noodles from Japan?
Do you shop at Costco or BJ's or WalMart or Whole Foods? Do you make a special trip to a special store for chili paste or vanilla beans? Do you live across the street from Zingerman's (one of my readers does!) or shop at the Ferry Plaza Market or the Union Square Greenmarket?
Show us your markets! Share your sources, the places where the price is right or the selection is irresistible, the store that feeds your craving for one very special ingredient or feeds your family with everyday pantry staples.
I've shown you one of mine. Now, you show me yours.
Send (to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com):
- photos (not more than 5) of your market, indoors/outdoors, along with a sentence or two about where the market is, what kinds of things you buy there, etc.
- your first name,
- city or state or country where you live, and
- if you're a blogger, your blog name and URL.
Photos should be JPGs, the largest file size you have (big big big!), and I'll size to fit.
You can send photos of as many markets as you wish, as often as you wish. I'll feature one market per post, but there's no limit on how many markets you can share.
On Saturdays, I'll post the photos, one market each weekend in the order in which I receive them, along with your first name, and, if you're a blogger, a link to your blog.
Send everything to lydia AT ninecooks DOT com.
Come on -- break out your camera, and show us your favorite markets.
[UPDATE: As of March 1, 2012, this feature has ended.]
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