Scott and I have been in Columbus nearly three months so we thought we’d better venture downtown. As it turns out, there is a farmer’s market every Saturday this time of year outside of the famous North Market.
Yum! Locally grown peppers. We ended up with two squash, instead, though.
This turkey, I’m sure, would have rather been someplace else.
Swan gourds. Incidentally, “Anne” means “graceful like a swan”. Being a klutz in every way, I guess I’m probably more “graceful like a swan gourd”. 😉
There were lots of free samples inside the market! (This was not one of them.)
This place boasts “over 500 kinds of cheese”, but we could only see about 50. Very suspicious… it definitely bears further investigation… (this coming from someone whose love of cheese is so strong even her niece and nephew inherited it. )
There were many distractions as we cased the market, but we were not deterred. We simply ate a piping hot ham and cheese croissant and continued our mission.
Um, I’m not sure what to say. One minute my world made sense, and then Bam! Fresh, striped lobster ravioli. Go figure.
Those are our “wow, that was AMAZING ice cream” faces.
Jeni’s ice cream should be famous. If it isn’t already. Here is a list of the flavors we had to choose from: (please, don’t ask how I came by this list. It’s an embarrassing story… full of us gawking and taking pictures of every single ice cream label.)
Note: the seasonal flavors are listed in bold. This is important because it means we need to go back this season. 🙂
- Pumpkin 5 spice
- Queen City Cayenne – Our milk chocolate with cinnamon and cayenne. Goes well with: toasted almonds, rose water cake, cajeta
- Toasted Brioche with butter and jam
- Dark Chocolate Peppermint
- Thai Chili – Krema peanut butter, toasted coconut and coconut milk with a pinch of cayenne. Goes great with: mango lassi, pistachio, and nutter butters
- Saigon Cinnamon
- Star Anise and Candied Fennel
- Orange Flower with preserved fruits and chocolate
- Black Walnut
- Salty Caramel – Jeni’s specialty- Caramelized sugars with butter and sea salt. Goes well with: Dark Cocoa Gelato, Passionfruit, blood oranges, and Banana
- Cocoa Zin – Zinfandel produces fruit on the finish, perpetuating the chocolate’s darkest character. Goes well with: Raspberry Sorbet, fresh berries, and Goat’s Cheese Ice Cream
- Black Coffee
- Bourbon Buttered Pecan – Straight from Kentucky, with toasted and buttered pecans. Goes well with: Dark Cocoa Gelato, coffee, horse racing
- Pistachio – Made from fresh pistachios we roast and grind ourselves. Goes well with: Mango Lassi, Dates and Honey, Parmesan tuille
- Belgian Milk Chocolate – Smooth, milky chocolate with Ashland County honey. Goes well with: Spanish peanuts and marshmallow creme, caramel sauce, smoked almonds
- “Gravel Road” – Our salty caramel with Krema’s famous smoked almonds. Goes well with a beer. A pilsner, a stout… or a Russian Imperial Stout Cake with chocolate
- Honey Vanilla Bean – A luxurious, yet simple vanilla ice cream prepared with Madagascar vanilla and Ashland County honey. Goes well with: Cherry pie, peach cobbler, apple crisp, rootbeer
- Cassis with whole milk yogurt
- Lime Cardamom Yogurt – Key lime juice with yogurt, cream, and aromatic cardamom. Goes well with: Black pepper biscotti, Blood orange tart, gooey butter cake, Pomegranate seeds
- Lemon Yogurt and Lingonberries
- Grapefruit and Hibiscus Yogurt
- Passionfruit Yogurt – Passionfruit pulp with fresh yogurt and cream. Goes great with: raspberry sorbet, Dark Cocoa Gelato, burnt sugar cake
- Lemon Yogurt – Fresh squeezed lemon juice with fresh yogurt, buttermilk and cream. Goes well with: Dark Cocoa Gelato, pink peppercorns, macerbated berries
- Raspberry Yogurt – Tart raspberries with fresh yogurt and cream. Goes well with: Dark Cocoa Gelato, Lemon Yogurt, Fresh Berries and Champagne
- Mango Yogurt with cardamom and pistachios
- Apricot Yogurt
- Red Raspberry Sorbet
- Farmer’s Market Apple Cider Sorbet
- Bartlett Pear and Reisling Sorbet
Now, the best deal by far is to get a “taster’s trio”, which Scott and I did… after much agonizing and taste-testing. Which three flavors would you choose? Bonus points to anyone who can guess what we chose 🙂 .