It has been one of those things we’d been meaning to do for a loooong time; going to the farmers market here in Almere. Now that we’re on the subject of shopping; can I just complain for a little bit about the lack of good produce here in Almere? There are really not a lot of places where you can buy good vegetables other then the standard fare you will find in any supermarket. Even fresh herbs are sometimes hard to come by. Ok, you can now buy pots of basil, parsley and sometimes even mint in the supermarket, but finding dille or fresh cilantro can be a real challenge. (which is why we’re now attempting to grow them in our garden!!) So going to this farmers market we were hoping to find a good source of edible goodies. Well, yes and no. It was very very small. I had hoped for a larger selection of things, but there was literally only 7 stalls in total. The things that they did have looked good and I especially liked the vegetables. All very seasonal and looking rather good as well.
The market is held every saturday at the estate of the Kemphaan which is all about organic farming and a huge area as well. There is a restaurant next to it, looking out over the water so that was a lovely place to have coffee. Next to the Kemphaan is Stichting Aap, which is a foundation that is famous for rescuing monkies worldwide from mallpractice, such as keeping them as a pet or animals that are used for entertaining tourists and have let miserable lifes in general. A lot of the monkies there are seriously damaged, either fysical or psychological and can at least enjoy the rest of their lifes in relative peace and quiet.
After the market we decided to head to Almere Haven for a nice light lunch. The weather is still gorgeous, although thankfully slightly less hot then the previous days, so on a terrace in the shade we both enjoyed a lovely sandwich…
Tonight’s gonna be another Jamie recipe; canneloni!!