Welcome to my first blog post ever!
Seeing as I named my blog ‘The Market Table’ I thought it would be fitting to start by showing you what I picked up at the market in January. I live in Zürich, and there are loads of farmer’s markets around the city (there is even one in the main train station on Wednesdays). My favourite is the Saturday market in Oerlikon. It is pretty big, with people selling everything from fresh fish, to meat, to flowers, to a guy who only sells mushrooms (more about that later)…
The market is a great place to pick up foods you can’t get in supermarkets (monk’s beard, anyone??). The quality of the food there also seems to be far better than elsewhere. Plus, you often get to taste before you buy!
Going to the market here in Switzerland is not the cheapest. I spent about 120CHF (about €110) on everyting in the picture above. However, you have to bear in mind that it was all top quality, it fed my husband and I for a week (plus some leftovers in the freezer) and because it was so delicious, we saved money on eating out or takeaways! Plus… on a philanthropic note, we’re supporting local farmers and businesses.
Here are some more pictures to give you an impression of my visit to the Oerlikon market in January (yes. It was unusually warm and sunny)!
Italy isn’t too far from Zürich so I suppose you can count Italian food as local… In all seriousness, the quality of Italian produce is amazing (even in winter). This time of year, a lot of vegetables are imported from places like Italy and Spain, but you should definitely go for the Italian. Their food regulations are far stricter and the Spanish tend to keep all of the good stuff for themselves!
I love eggs! They are so versatile and delicious. If you poach one and stick it on top of anything, it will look super fancy. However, eggs only taste like eggs if they’re from free range chickens. It is so important to get them fresh and local. You will be helping prevent the proliferation of battery farms. Plus… your eggs will be far more delicious!
These have to be the most expensive mushrooms ever. 8 Swiss francs for the two of them (about €7).