Farmer’s Market Adventure

Here is a tip: The next time you go to the Farmer’s Market in your area, go with a plan to make a pizza and tell all who ask of that plan. Eyes light up, gears turn, and soon enough you have some squash blossoms and an extra flower to take home

This past Thursday, I arrived at the market with no idea what my pizza would look like and left with all my necessary ingredients (and the dough waiting at home).

First stop, the Vernon Family Farm with Jeremiah.

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“The squash blossoms, you can stuff. So you stuff ’em with, usually seafood, so like lobster or crab with a little cream cheese or something and then deep fry them. But you can also pan sear them or put them in a salad.”

When I asked him about my pizza and possibly putting cheese in them, he said,

“You know what I would do? I would stuff them with cheese and then olive oil them and pan sear them a little bit to get them up to temp because I think if you were to put them in the oven they would just wilt away.Typically they are breaded if they’re being baked and you’re not going to do all that I think they might just wilt apart.”

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Next up, Josh from Meadow’s Mirth.

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{modeling with his ‘sexy pose’ next to the sign that proclaims their fresh cut greens are sexy}

“That’d be good on pizza!” he said of their marjoram.

Finally, Hickory Nut Farm for the cheese. I chose their Terrene–similar to a  bleu with a “hand rubbed ash” down the middle.

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Farmer’s Harvest Pizza

yield: one pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 ball of pizza dough (I recommend this recipe from The New York Times)
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tablespoon marjoram
  • 4 squash blossoms
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons Terrene cheese
  • 1 (or more) corn flowers

Instructions:

  • cook pizza with thin layer of mozzarella cheese at 350 for about 10 minutes (until cheese bubbles and crust looks done)
  • while pizza is cooking, cut up Terrance and put in the squash blossoms
  • fry the blossoms with a little olive oil until the cheese has melted and the outside of the blossoms are slightly crispy
  • once the pizza is ready, sprinkle marjoram over the top and place the squash blossoms and corn flower over all

Tid Bits:

You can either leave the squash blossoms whole as I did or cut them up and spread them all over the pizza. This way, you would get the flavor of the cheese more spread throughout the pieces. Personally, I kind of liked having the flavor concentrated, being able to dictate when you have the blast of cheese and when you get the subtle mozzarella and marjoram.

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