Today I finally paid a visit to the Lexington Farmer’s Market. I have been wanting to go for the last few months, especially since I have a pretty nice garden going this year on the little farm. I was really impressed with the variety of vendors as well as the number of patrons. The Market was pretty busy for early morning on a Saturday! Since it was my first visit, I was more interested in seeing what local produce is available rather than doing a lot of shopping. My garden won’t produce any vegetables until probably mid-July or early August and in the meantime, I’d like to have some healthy options where I can buy good quality, local produce. I like supporting local, small-scale farms, because I know they work hard and in my opinion deserve a fair price for their products. I saw a few farmers selling locally produced lamb. Lamb is one of my favorite meats so I decided to buy some and the necessary vegetables to make a stew. I bought zucchini squash, onions, tomatoes, garlic, new potatoes and a pound of ground lamb. It was my first visit to the Lexington Farmer’s Market but it certainly won’t be my last!
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Back at the farm, I broke out the Coleman Apex II camping stove and my Tiger thermal cooker. I’ve posted articles before about thermal cookers, but still can’t say enough good things about them! They really are a wonderful way to cook with minimal effort and minimal fuel use! After washing and chopping the produce, I put all ingredients (see pictures below) including the lamb, into the thermal cooker inner-pot and placed it over the burner. Once the contents have reached a rolling boil, in about 10 mins, I placed the inner-pot into the outer (thermal) pot and simply waited about 4 hours until the ingredients were fully cooked to enjoy! For about $15.00 dollars I was able to make a healthy meal that fed me and 3 friends!