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Saturday Market

It’s a rare Saturday in Charlotte for me. I have no plans and a whole day to do whatever I want! No work, no social engagements…nothing! I did find out at the eleventh hour last night that I was needed to sub a yoga class this morning so I started my Saturday bright and early with 50 hard-working yogis who powered through 90 minutes of super hot and sweaty flow.

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First order of business after teaching was a  shower, cold smoothie and coffee before heading out to the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. I haven’t been to the market in months due to work obligations so I was thrilled to get there this morning. It was the best market I’ve been to in a really long time.

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I loved my haul today…peaches, eggplant, several varieties of tomatoes, squash, zucchini, blueberries, corn, sourdough bread, watermelon and a pound of North Carolina sea bass (fish tacos are on the menu for Sunday night!).

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I tomato sandwich was a must for lunch today. I used one of the Cherokee purple tomatoes and the sourdough bread that I purchased to make a killer sandwich. I made a herb mayo using basil and parsley that I’ve been growing and gave the tomatoes a nice dose of salt. Blue Diamond Nut Thins and  spinach salad with feta, strawberries, almonds and aged balsamic and olive oil on the side.

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Sullie is also enjoying our relaxed day and has been sunbathing and napping away. Why is she so cute!?

Hope you’re also enjoying a relaxed and sunny Saturday!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy summer tomatoes? I love tomato sandwiches (obviously!) but I also think I’m going to make a tomato pie this week! 🙂

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  • 1
    Laura August 3, 2013, 2:31 pm

    I’m so jealous, i have yet to find a good tomato this season. I love them sliced with sea salt or on a sandwich, salad or eggs! Yum! Sounds like the perfect Saturday. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    amelia August 3, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Tomatoes are my favorite next to okra. How have I not made a tomato pie this summer?! #Charleston fail. Enjoy your day off. 🙂

  • 3
    Paige @ The Balancing Act August 3, 2013, 3:16 pm

    No formal commitments of any kind for me today, either! At first I was really bummed that most of my friends are out of town or busy this weekend (and being in college, I’m several hours away from family), but I quickly realized how many solo things I’ve been needing/wanting to do lately but haven’t had time for! Cleaning, shopping, cooking, and crafting top the list.

    This summer I’ve been hooked on tomato/avocado combinations…Most of the time I just combine the two in a bowl with lime juice, garlic, cilantro, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Great for topping Mexican dishes or just eating with a fork. Tomato pie certainly sounds interesting. Enjoy the rest of your day!

  • 4
    Maria August 3, 2013, 4:49 pm

    Ahhhh! Farmers Markets are the bomb! All the food you got looks delicious.

  • 5
    Haley August 3, 2013, 9:06 pm

    The Saturday market is my favorite weekly activity! I look forward to it all week!! Loving the blueberries. So glad it is blueberry season (:

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    Amanda @Fitforgloryfoundbygrace August 3, 2013, 9:23 pm

    I LOVE a good grilled cheese with tomato. yum. 🙂

  • 7
    Kristina @Run and Assimilate August 4, 2013, 8:45 am

    I like putting them with sliced red onion, crumbled blue cheese, and some olive oil and balsamic vinegar…soo good!

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    Brittany @ proteinandpumps August 4, 2013, 2:49 pm

    Love a good market run! I likely tomatoes stewed : )

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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate August 4, 2013, 8:36 pm

    I absolutely love when I have weekend days with no works or firm plans, it is my time to relax and destress from the week. It also allows me to so some of the things I love but always get pushed to the side when life gets crazy. All those tomatoes look gorgeous, I got a pretty substantial haul at the market today, but am wishing I also picked up some heirlooms!

  • 10
    erin August 5, 2013, 7:44 am

    I’ve been eating a lot of tomato sandwiches this summer. My other favorite way to eat them is just to slice a whole tomato and add a little salt–simple perfection!

  • 11
    ashley @chasing-life.net August 7, 2013, 11:41 am

    I love tomatoes… and have never heard of tomato pie!! What’s your recipe?!
    I like fresh tomato with cucumber and tossed with feta and a little balsalmic vinegar

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