Poor Man’s Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics

Are you ready for a lip-smacking luscious libation to celebrate that end of the, er, day? Hooray! Well done! Let’s have a drink already.

So, as you may have guessed, I was checking out Pinterest and found a foodgasm-worthy photo of Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics as originally published by SpoonForkBacon.

I mean just look at this image:

Source: spoonforkbacon.com via Martha on Pinterest

Tangent: I wonder if people came to my blog if I named it after two utensils and a food I like to eat: SporkChopstickTofu. Hmmm, probably not.

Let’s continue, shall we?

Ingredients

  •  * Gin
  •  * Club Soda
  • * Meyer Lemon
  • * Frozen berries
  • * Basil, if you have it
  • * An appreciation for tasty drinks

Directions

  • * Pour the frozen berries and with a muddler, you guessed it!, muddle them like you were a gangster with a shiny new pair of brass knuckles. 
  • * Pour your gin.
  • * Pour your club soda.
  • * Thinly slice the lemons and put in to your tumbler glass.
  • * Add the basil if you happen to have some.
  • * Cheers!

If you clicked through to SpoonForkBacon’s site you will admire (and maybe be a little jealous) of her use of Photoshop to create a very tasteful animated gifs to illustrate the fizzy bubbles.

Oh yeah? We’ve got GifBoom here.

Boom!


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10 Reasons To Go To Your Local Farmer’s Market

One

You get to see your town in a new way

#Gilbert #farmersmarket
A couple of signs, booths and local business women and men and this once parking lot is bustling with commotion.

Two

Support Local Businesses

#farmersmarket booths - support local business and farms
Did you know that if you were to spend $100 on local businesses, $73 will stay in your local community? In addition to supporting small business owners, you’re supporting your’re own community. Read more about why going Local Works.

Three

Local Is Good For You Too

White #cucumbers at the #farmersmarket
Have you ever had a fruit cup in the winter? Didn’t something seem a little off? Likely the fruit was shipped from overseas or across the country and by the time the cantaloupe slices made it to the fruit cup they looked a little decrepit.

The less distance your produce has to travel to you, the fresher it is. Hmm, tasty!

Four

Eating What’s In Season

Yellow bins hold fresh, local produce #farmersmarket
Fruits and vegetables have the most nutritional value when they were first picked. When you eat what’s in season you enjoy foods that are at their nutritional peak. Go, you!

Want to know what’s in season? Check out this what to eat, when to eat it infographic.

Five

Irradiation, Pesticide and Chemical Free Foods

#GreenTomatoes at the #FarmersMarket
All natural, in-season local produce a-plenty! Oh boy! Fried green tomatoes, anyone?

Potatoes!Local eggplant at the #farmersmarketOkra!

Six

Oh, The Glorious Smells

Green Chili roasting stand at the Gilbert Farmer's Market
Your Farmer’s Market might smell of hay, apples and other Fall-related olfactory treasures; but out in the Southwest it smells like roasted green pepers — your pick of hot and extra hot. If you’re from outta town they also have mild and medium.

Seven

Food Trucks

Food truck at the #farmersmarket
Good food trucks are what’s in right now and thank goodness! The Uprooted Kitchen is a vegetarian/vegan food truck that visits the Gilbert Farmer’s Market.

Uprooted logo     Ummm, want!      Bergie's Coffee and Uprooted quinoa breakfast and lemon and rosemary scone. #vegan

Pictured on the right is their quinoa breakfast bowl – served with organic fruit and scone of the day (topped with coconut or almond milk). So good, I want to eat it every day for breakfast.

Eight

CSAs like RhibaFarms

Rhibafarms eggs!
Community Supported Agriculture is a great way to support local farmers and ensure you get fresh produce.

Advantages for farmers:
–  
Get to spend time marketing the food early in the year, before their 16 hour days in the field begin
–  Receive payment early in the season, which helps with the farm’s cash flow
–  Have an opportunity to get to know the people who eat the food they grow

Advantages for consumers:

–  Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits
–  Get exposed to new vegetables and new ways of cooking
–  Usually get to visit the farm at least once a season
–  Find that kids typically favor food from “their” farm – even veggies they’ve never been known to eat
–  Develop a relationship with the farmer who grows their food and learn more about how food is grown

Learn more about my CSA, RhibaFarms. 

Nine

More Than Just Produce

Artisan bread basking in thR sun. #farmersmarket
Doesn’t this artisan bread look divine? Well, now that the weather is getting cooler here in Arizona the Gilbert Farmer’s Market is expanding with more and more delicious foodstuffs like fresh cheeses, tea, honey, jam and jellies, soap, coffee, dresses and shirts and much more.

Consider restocking your pantry with these goodies instead of heading to the Super-Mega-Mart.

Ten

Petting Zoos!

Sweet #pig at the Gilbert Farmer's Market
Chances are that there might be a small petting zoo at your local marchéQuel plaisir!

 

Want To Learn More?

Find a Farmer’s Market near you. Also check out Local Harvest’s great post about why you should Buy Local.

Are you near Gilbert? Check out the Gilbert Market this Saturday or learn how to become a vendor. Or go down on Thursdays to Chandler’s Farmer’s Market.

 

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