Hungry? I try to make it to the Sarasota Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, but I usually only have about 40 minutes to dash about to the vendors which unfortunately doesn’t include time for a bite (my son has an hour tennis lesson a few blocks away). But last Saturday he was away at a math competition – and I was up at the crack of dawn – so I ventured into Sarasota to actually enjoy the market in a leisurely fashion for once. I wish I could spend more Saturdays like that – there are so many new vendors at the market worth checking out – especially new spots for breakfast and/or lunch.
I had a chance to strike up a conversation with Chef Merritt Morgan who runs Morgan’s Canteen & Cookery – a catering and mobile food vendor who is relatively new at the market. I was impressed with his gourmet menu and use of hormone and antibiotic-free meats, grass-fed, and certified Angus beef. He uses only fresh ingredients with many of the vegetables and greens coming right from his market neighbors. Breakfast sandwiches, omelets, burgers, and lunch sandwiches are all available along with sides and salads. Check out his menu HERE. It’s fantastic!
On the left is the Morning Joy omelet, and I ordered the Miss Jude on the right with the addition of mushrooms. I love the idea of serving eggs in pita bread!
Strawberries were in abundance along with a bounty of spring vegetables. I picked up a lot of my organic produce from Worden Farm – purple kohlrabi, tatsoi, and French breakfast radishes to name a few to develop some new recipes for my blog. It was hard to walk by Peperonata Pasta so of course I didn’t. I LOVE their fresh pasta and focaccia and picked up a pasta called “Mafalda” which looks like little lasagna noodles.
Before I left, I did have a chance to say hello to my friends at Sapore della Vita who carry amazing specialty foods including oils, jams, sweets, spreads, and an award-winning caramel sauce. I see from their Facebook page that they will be offering Chocolate Salami this coming Saturday which is actually an Italian dessert (made with Cognac so it has to be good!) – the salami only has to do with the shape.
Great time….heading back this weekend for another relaxed excursion. See you there!